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Portrait of Louis Braille

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A miniature portrait of Louis Braille by Lucienne Filippi, on ivory.

A Portrait of Louis Braille
Miniature portrait on ivory by Lucienne Filippi.

This image of Louis Braille was derived from a daguerreotype, taken shortly after his death. This is the visage of a dead man; in life, he kept his eyes open.

"Louis was of medium height, slender, quite dtreamlined, and elegantly muscular. His head leaned forward, his blond hair curled naturally, his movements were free and easy."


Cover of the book, shows a 19th-century engraving of a boy leading a blind man with a cane. Louis Braille: A Touch of Genius, by C. Michael Mellor, is the first ever, fully illustrated biography to include Louis Braille's extant letters. In hardcover print, paperback braille, and electronic braille.

Look Inside
Read sample chapters in PDF, Word, or text format.

A Sample Letter
View a letter written in Louis Braille's own hand and read a translated excerpt.

Sample Description
Read a sample picture description from the braille edition.

Reviews and Reader Comments

Meet Author C. Michael Mellor

Listen to NPR Interview

Louis Braille Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation

Leading support for this book and for the prize from The Gibney Family Foundation. Additional funds graciously given by E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation for the Blind.

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