My Dyslexia by Philip Schultz

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“A success story . . . proof that one can rise above the disease and defy its so-called limitations on the brain.”—Daily Beast

Despite winning the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008, Philip Schultz could never shake the feeling of being exiled to the "dummy class" in school, where he was largely ignored by his teachers and peers and not expected to succeed. Not until many years later, when his oldest son was diagnosed with dyslexia, did Schultz realize that he suffered from the same condition.

In his moving memoir, Schultz traces his difficult childhood and his new understanding of his early years. In doing so, he shows how a boy who did not learn to read until he was eleven went on to become a prize-winning poet by sheer force of determination. His balancing act—life as a member of a family with not one but two dyslexics, countered by his intellectual and creative successes as a writer—reveals an inspiring story of the strengths of the human mind.

About Philip Schultz

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Philip Schultz is the author of seven collections of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Failure. He is the founder and director of the Writers Studio and lives in East Hampton, New York.
Published September 6, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 128 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The author loves books, he writes, “except actually reading them.” Yet he demonstrates a lambent, odd contact with words: “Anything whispered, insinuated or abbreviated becomes in my mind a mumble-jumble bargain-basin [stet] gibberish.” His memoir, jogged into realization when he followed his Pul...

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"Art's power of persuasion resides in the small personal details of one's own story, and if it weren't for my struggle with dyslexia, I doubt I'd ever have become a writer or known how to teach others to write."

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Norton & Company Product Description An inspiring memoir of a Pulitzer Prize winner’s triumph over disability.Despite winning the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008, Philip Schultz could never shake the feeling of being ex...

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must restructure its syntax and sound out its syllables before I can begin to absorb its meaning and move on to the next sentence.” Even then, there are minefields along the way: “When I make the mistake of becoming aware that I am reading, and behaving in a way that enables this mysterious, elec...

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