Scattered Shadows

A Memoir of Blindness and Vision

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  • 1609401190
  • 9781609401191
  • 9781609401184
  • 9781609401177
This never before published memoir by the author of Black Like Me is an extraordinary chronicle of the triumph of the human spirit.
  • Wings Press; May 2004
  • ISBN: 9781609401191
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Scattered Shadows
  • Author: John Howard Griffin
  • Imprint: Wings Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1609401190
  • 9781609401191
  • 9781609401184
  • 9781609401177

About The Author

Known primarily as the author of the modern classic, Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) was a true Renaissance man. Having fought in the French Resistance and been a solo observer on an island in the South Pacific during World War II, he became a critically-acclaimed novelist and essayist, a remarkable photographer and musicologist, and a dynamic lecturer and teacher. On October 28, 1959, after a decade of blindness and a remarkable and inexplicable recovery, John Howard Griffin dyed himself black and began an odyssey of discovery through the segregated American South. The result was Black Like Me, arguably the single most important documentation of 20th century American racism ever written.Because of Black Like Me, Griffin was personally vilified, hanged in effigy in his hometown, and threatened with death for the rest of his life. Griffin's courageous act and the book it generated earned him international respect as a human rights activist. Griffin worked with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Dick Gregory, Saul Alinsky, and NAACP Director Roy Wilkins during the Civil Rights era. He taught seminars at the University of Peace with Nobel Peace Laureate Father Dominique Pire, and delivered hundreds of lectures worldwide. Earlier, during a decade of blindness (1947-1957), he wrote novels. His 1952 bestseller, The Devil Rides Outside was a test case in a controversial censorship trial that was settled in his favor by the US Supreme Court. Later in his life, Griffin was also recognized for his magnificent black & white photographic portraits, which were featured in his photographic books A Hidden Wholeness: The Visual World of Thomas Merton (Griffin was also Thomas Merton's biographer) and Jacques Maritain: Homage in Words and Pictures.On February 27, 2011, the Mansfield Public Library was designated a National Literary Landmark due to its association with John Howard Griffin.