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Writers on the Spectrum


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Preface. Introduction. Hans Christian Andersen. Henry David Thoreau. Herman Melville. Emily Dickinson. Lewis Carroll. William Butler Yeats. Sherwood Anderson. Opal Whiteley. Autistic Autobiography. Further Reading.

About the Author

Julie Brown has been a professor of writing and literature for over 20 years. Her first two books of literary criticism, American Women Short Story Writers and Ethnicity and The American Short Story, explore the works of culturally marginalized writers. Her current research project investigates the link between autism and creative writing. Julie's son has Asperger's Syndrome and she is involved as a volunteer in the autistic community. Julie serves as an academic advisor for autistic individuals at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon and she also teaches a course she developed on autism in literature. She lives in Astoria.


Once in a great while a book comes along that stops you in your tracks. Writers on the Spectrum is one such book. Like a gifted surgeon, Julie Brown tackles some of our best loved works of literature, cutting through the layers of literary technique to reveal the characteristic traits of Autism and Asperger Syndrome within. In so doing, she casts a new light on these works of literature, and presents the particular artistic gifts of autism as a special gift to humanity.This book is a must read, not just for lovers of literature, but also for people on the spectrum and the mental health professionals who work with them.

-- Dr. Patrick Prindle, Professor of Psychology, Clatsop Community College, OR
This book is a must read, not only for those with a professional interestin the autistic mind, but also anyone who has a passion for literature and stories generally. -- Facts & Fiction
From Henry David Thoreau to Emily Dickinson, Dr. Julie Brown provides a fascinating look into the lives of these writers which can do much to give hope and understanding of the disorders. -- The Midwest Book Review

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