Father of the Blind; A Portrait of Sir Arthur Pearson

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-01
  • Publisher: The History Press
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In August 1914, Arthur Pearson, a newspaper magnate and founder of the Daily Express, learned of a Belgian soldier who was languishing in a London hospital. The man had been blinded by a rifle bullet during the siege of Li?ge, and Pearson felt sympathy for the man, having himself been blinded by glaucoma. He resolved to work to prevent blinded Allied servicemen from returning home, only to slip into 'hopeless and useless lives'.He therefore opened St Dunstan's in 1915, a hostel where returning soldiers could 'learn to be blind', where they were taught Braille and a trade, equipping them to re- enter the world as useful and self-respecting citizens. When Pearson died in 1921, no less than 1,800 St Dunstaners attended his funeral. Father of the Blind is the biography of an extraordinary man who refused to consider blindness an affliction, but rather a handicap which could be overcome. His charitable work has continued long after his passing.

Author Biography

Andrew Norman is also the author of Adolf Hitler: The Final Analysis, Agatha Christie: The Finished Portrait, Arthur Conan Doyle: Beyond Sherlock Holmes, Jane Austen, and Mugabe: Teacher, Revolutionary, Tyrant.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 7
Acknowledgementsp. 9
Author's Notep. 10
Prefacep. 11
Arthur Pearson: Early Lifep. 13
Pearson's Weekly: Pearson's Magazinep. 17
Pearson's Fresh Air Fundp. 20
Pearson Remarries: Frensham Placep. 24
Pearson and Grant Allenp. 27
Pearson the Newspaper Proprietor: Tariff Reformp. 29
Pearson and the Search for the Giant Slothp. 35
C.Arthur Pearson Ltd: Pearson the Author: Pearson and the Occultp. 41
Pearson and the Scout Movementp. 47
Pearson and the National Institute for the Blindp. 53
Pearson and the Founding of St Dunstan'sp. 57
The Newcomer to St Dunstan'sp. 62
Types of Eye Injury Sustained and Treatmentp. 67
Pearson's Brainchild in Operationp. 73
A Successful St Dunstan's: Aftercarep. 81
Gladys Cooper, the Fresh Air Fund and St Dunstan'sp. 86
Pearson's Winning Formulap. 89
The Chief Visits the Frontp. 99
Thomas Waldin: a St Dunstaner Goes Forthp. 105
The St Dunstaners from Overseasp. 110
Pearson and Helen Kellerp. 114
Basil Gotto: in Memory of the Fallenp. 119
Richard King Huskinsonp. 121
Death of the Chiefp. 124
Aftermath: Pearson's Legacyp. 130
Epiloguep. 132
Chronology of Events at St Dunstan'sp. 138
Pearson Family Treep. 144
Notesp. 145
Bibliographyp. 152
Indexp. 154
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