Please write an in-depth summary of Seeing Voices by Oliver Sacks. This is a study guide question posted by eNotes Editorial. Please note that this material is intended to supplement the information...

Please write an in-depth summary of Seeing Voices by Oliver Sacks. This is a study guide question posted by eNotes Editorial. Please note that this material is intended to supplement the information presented in our eNotes study guide.

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The subtitle of Oliver Sacks' book Seeing Voices is “A Journey into the World of the Deaf.” This nonfiction text is divided into three distinct sections preceded by a preface that explains the author’s interest in the subject of Sign, which he uses to refer to the language of the deaf.

Part one is a particularly academic review of the history of deafness. Sacks explores his first introduction to the study of deafness through various books, including ones by Harlan Lane and David Wright, the latter of which became deaf at age seven. Sacks explains that he is principally interested in the congenitally deaf or prelingual deaf, who are born so severely hard of hearing that they have no concept of sound, let alone language. Likewise, this subset of the deaf drew interest of eighteenth century philosophers, who wanted to research the true intellectual capacity of those who were previously believed to be “dumb.” Sacks describes how the Abbe de l’Eppe’s encounter with the simplified...

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