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Joseph: The Life, Times and Places of The Elephant Man
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The story of Joseph Carey Merrick, more popularly known as the Elephant Man, passed into the realm of legend from the moment he was first exhibited at John Ellis's Bee Hive public house in Nottingham's Beck Street. Much of what has been written about his short life has been distorted and exaggerated, to the point where the most well-known depiction - the 1980 film starring John Hurt - left an indelible imprint of cruelty and suffering at the hands of Joseph's manager, and an eventual rescue by Dr. Frederick Treves of the London Hospital. The truth is rather different. Peeling back the layers of myth, Joanne Vigor-Mungovin has looked into the early life of Merrick and his family in her hometown of Leicester, and here presents, for the first time, detailed information about Joseph's family and his burning ambition to be self-sufficient rather than survive on the charity of others.
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It's an easy read, very detailed , informative and clearly very well researched.
I highly recommend it!
Well done done to the author on her first book can't wait to read her next one.
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Couldn't put it down. I read it over a few days. It was quite moving. I'd give it 5 stars. The author did a hell of a lot of research.
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