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The Resource A comedy & a tragedy : a memoir of learning how to read and write, Travis Hugh Culley

A comedy & a tragedy : a memoir of learning how to read and write, Travis Hugh Culley

Label
A comedy & a tragedy : a memoir of learning how to read and write
Title
A comedy & a tragedy
Title remainder
a memoir of learning how to read and write
Statement of responsibility
Travis Hugh Culley
Title variation
Comedy and a tragedy
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Travis Hugh Culley moves with his family to Miami in the spring of 1980, the bright six-year-old hopes things will be easier for him. Instead, he is dubbed Birdbrain by his older brother and classified by his new teachers as a discipline problem. Travis fakes his way through tests and homework assignments, mimicking his fellow students and pretending to know how to read. When his music teacher suggests that he audition for an acting program, Travis begins an unlikely path toward literacy. The moment Travis begins to perform, he is confronted by his angry father, who is threatened by the transformation in his son. Unsure of how to make sense of what has happened, Travis grabs a pen and writes his experience down. Suddenly, everything can be seen in a new light. Having written, he begins to understand in a new way the relationship between words and actions. When his parents separate and his grades fall, Travis clings to a journal in which he notes the details of his changing life. Having no place else to turn to process his emotions, Travis lays claim to the project of his own emancipation. This troubled student runs away from home but does not drop out of school. With pen in hand, he commits to an education in the theater and begins to fully realize the power and importance of literacy. Travis discovers that only through the mastery of writing can he determine his place in the world. Eventually, he will become an accomplished author with a triumphant story to tell
Summary
The author recounts his struggles with illiteracy and delinquency before enrolling in a prestigious drama program that motivated him to learn how to read
Biography type
autobiography
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10435271
Cataloging source
DLC
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Culley, Travis Hugh
Dewey number
  • 818/.603
  • B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Culley, Travis Hugh
  • Reading, Psychology of
  • Writing
  • Literacy
  • Problem youth
Target audience
adult
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a memoir of learning how to read and write
Label
A comedy & a tragedy : a memoir of learning how to read and write, Travis Hugh Culley
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn893890065
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 247 pages
Isbn
9780345506160
Isbn Type
(Hardcover)
Lccn
2015000866
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)893890065
Label
A comedy & a tragedy : a memoir of learning how to read and write, Travis Hugh Culley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn893890065
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 247 pages
Isbn
9780345506160
Isbn Type
(Hardcover)
Lccn
2015000866
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)893890065

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