Genie; A Psycholinguistic Study of a Modern-Day "Wild Child" Susan CURTISS.

Genie; A Psycholinguistic Study of a Modern-Day "Wild Child"

New York: Academic Press, Inc, 1977. First Edition. Hardcover (23.5 x 16cm); pp. xvi, 288; coral cloth covered boards; lettering in gilt; plain endpapers; dust wrapper designed by Jose R. Fonfrias, beige with brown lettering, white line drawing on the front cover.

Slight twist to the bottom of the spine; head and tail of spine gently pushed and lightly rubbed; very minor colour loss along the crease line of the front hinge; top corners a little bruised, bottom corners a touch abraded; faint 25mm white mark on the bottom edge; light foxing to edges of text block, top edge dust toned; very top of the corners of the pages are very gently creased; previous owner's name in black marker at the top of the ffep, ink stamp in the bottom corner; endpapers a shade age toned; clean and bright throughout. Dust wrapper is unclipped; spine is sunned and now appears light blue; edgewear including chips at hinges of spine and flaps; damage to the bottom of the front cover, a large piece (roughly 35 x 95mm in size) is missing from the bottom of the spine extending across the front cover (part of the missing piece is loosely inserted), a 20 x 25mm chip at the bottom corner and creasing between the two missing pieces; faint indentations to covers; verso is age toned. Item #1371

From the preface, "Genie was discovered in 1970. Deprived and isolated to an unprecedented degree, she was not discovered until she was an adolescent. An inhuman childhood had prevented her from learning language, and she knew little about the world in any respect save abuse, neglect, isolation, and deprivation. Since that time, Genie has been rehabilitated and educated to the fullest extent possible and studied in an attempt to answer questions of interests to linguists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and others. This work reports on the linguistic research carried out through studying and working with Genie." In 1976, Curtiss presented this work as her dissertion and the Academic Press published it the following year. In response, Genie's mother began a lawsuit against Curtiss claiming that the research team had violated patient confidentiality, given testing priority over Genie's welfare, invaded her privacy, and severely overworked her. The case was dismissed by the Superior Court of the State of California.

Price: $165.00

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