Reluctant Genius

Paperback | September 25, 2007

byCharlotte Gray

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Impeccably researched, and written with Charlotte Gray’s unerring eye for personal and historical detail, Reluctant Genius tells the story of a man very different from his public image. Most of us think of Alexander Graham Bell as a white-bearded sage, but the young A lec Bell was a passionate and wild-eyed genius, a man given to fits of brilliance and melancholy. His technologies for photophones, tetrahedrals, flying machines and hydrodomes laid the groundwork for future achievement. And he adored his wife, Mabel, a beautiful, deaf young woman from a blueblood Boston family.

Gray goes where no other writer has gone, delving deeply into Bell’s personality and into his intense relationship with Mabel, whose background and temperament were a startling contrast to his own. Reluctant Genius takes us on an intimate journey into the golden age of invention and the vibrant life of a man whose work shaped our world.

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Impeccably researched, and written with Charlotte Gray’s unerring eye for personal and historical detail, Reluctant Genius tells the story of a man very different from his public image. Most of us think of Alexander Graham Bell as a white-bearded sage, but the young A lec Bell was a passionate and wild-eyed genius, a man given to fits ...

CHARLOTE GRAY is one of our pre-eminent biographers. Her #1 bestseller, Flint & Feather, won the 2002 UBC Medal for Canadian Biography and the Drummer General’s Award. She is also the author of the multi-award-winning books Sisters in the Wilderness and Mrs. King. A graduate of Oxford University and a recipient of the Pierre Berton Awa...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1.2 inPublished:September 25, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006394760

ISBN - 13:9780006394761

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating story of an amazing man And his remarkable wife!
Date published: 2014-11-04

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"Rich in detail and measured in pace.... It is not only a fascinating book about an important inventor ... but also a good story about two lives well lived." (The Globe and Mail)