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Voice for the Mad

A Biography of Dorothea Dix


David Gollaher (View Bio)
Hardcover: The Free Press, 1995.

Voice for the Mad
Winner of the Organization of American Historians 1996 Avery O. Craven Award

"VOICE FOR THE MAD provides a vivid portrayal of one of the most significant figures of American history. It deserves to be widely read." — Reviews in American History

"Superbly written and engaging." — Organization of American Historians

"Superbly written and engaging." — The New York Times Book Review

"Gollaher's biography, the first to be based fully on Dix's voluminous personal papers, offers a sophisticated account of the personal costs and public benefits of her formidable commitment to her crusade.... Gollaher is a highly sophisticated historian as well as a shrewd biographer." — Boston Sunday Globe

"Gollaher...has a fine ear for prose, considerable narrative talent, and a knack for placing the events of his subject's life in a wider historical context." — A&E Monthly

"Gollaher provides the thorough and detailed, balanced and readable scholarly biography that serious study of Dorothea Dix (1802-87) has long needed.... Gollaher clearly depicts Dix's strengths and weaknesses and manages beautifully to describe her feelings, relationships, and developing skills." — Booklist

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