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Subject: famous authors
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: killermunchkin-ga
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Posted: 05 Jan 2003 08:16 PST
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Question ID: 137804
besides milton and helen keller, what authors were blind?
Subject: Re: famous authors
Answered By: ericynot-ga on 05 Jan 2003 15:57 PST
Hi killermunchkin,

As you know, there are many, many blind writers, both contemporary and
historical, although you've already identified two of the best known.

William Artman and L.V. Hall (a blind poet) wrote a book, published in
1869, called  "Beauties and Achievements of the Blind". Part of its
description is "Several eminent blind authors [are] included: Homer,
Blacklock, Holman, Wilson, Huber, Miss Alice Holmes, Miss Frances Jane
Crosby, Miss Cynthia Bullock and others. Also poetry by blind authors
including L. V. Hall, Frances Brown, Margaret Belches, Michael M'Guire
and others."

Using that as a jumping off point, I have assembled the following list
of blind authors, and have provided links for additional information
about them. This list is not in chronological or any other order:

Homer was the blind Greek poet of the 8th century B.C., well-known for
his works, the Iliad and the Odyssey.

Didim of Alexandrie was a famous Greek philosopher

Rudaki Abu Abdalach Djafar was the founder of Tadjik Persian farsi

Francesco Landino (1325-1397) of Italy was a famous blind organist,
composer and poet

Francesco Bell was a 15th century writer

Conrad Theofilius Pfefel (1739-1773) and Edward Rashton (1775-?) were
recognized writers of their time

Thom Blacklock (1721-?) was a Scottish poet

James Holman (1786—1857) was a remarkable chronicler of his own
worldwide travels

François Huber (1750 - ?), Swiss, wrote extensively about bees

James Thurber, "saw into the magnificent nonsense of the mind most
clearly, even as his own light failed", and was a beloved 20th century
U.S. writer

Jorge Luis Borges, acclaimed Argentine writer, won a Nobel Prize for

James Joyce, Irish author of "Ulysses", was almost totally blind at
his death (and when he was writing "Ulysses")

Georgius Everhardus Rumphius was born in central Germany, lived much
of his life in Indonesia, and published remarkable treatises about
natural science

Nikolay Ostrovsky, a famous Soviet writer who wrote only one book in
his life "How Steel Was Tempered", is widely revered in Russia

Esber Yagmurdereli is a contemporary Turkish writer, lawyer and human
rights activist

Stephen Kuusisto is a respected contemporary blind U.S. writer

The list above is not (and cannot ever be, of course) comprehensive,
but it's a pretty good survey of blind writers from antiquity to the
present. I hope you find it adequate to your needs. If you have any
questions, please post a request clarification before rating this
answer, and I'll get right back to you.

Thanks for your question,


"blind authors"
homer blind writer
blacklock blind writer
huber blind writer
"blind writer" OR "blind author"
"authors who were blind" OR "writers who were blind" OR "writers who
had vision problems"
"famous blind writer" OR "famous blind author" OR "well-known blind
writer" OR "well-known blind author"
Subject: Re: famous authors
From: mavituncalilar-ga on 22 Jan 2003 05:45 PST

Borges mentions an author named Groussac who was also blind. Also, he
never won the nobel prize.

Subject: Re: famous authors
From: ericynot-ga on 22 Jan 2003 08:43 PST
I stand corrected. Mavituncalilar-ga is correct - Borges was nominated
for, but never won, the Nobel prize. (In so failing, he joins the
notable company of Tolstoy, Ibsen, Strindberg, Zola, Hardy, Gorky,
Freud, Twain, Joyce, Conrad, D. H. Lawrence, Garcia Lorca, Brecht, and


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