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Looking Autism in the Face: Two New Perspectives on the Spectrum

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A pair of items I wrote about autism — although they are still only a draft. One, Alice’s Evidence, looks at the relationship between Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) and Alice Liddell, and marshals the evidence that Dodgson was not in lust after Alice, but rather was an autistic who formed an autistic friendship with her. The other, The Hidden Hall of Fame, looks at four great men (J. R. R. Tolkien, Dodgson, Isaac Newton, Stephen Foster) who may have been afflicted with “music and mathematics” autism and shows what they accomplished, and how we should understand such people. Much of the content of this book is now available in a revised, streamlined form, with additional examples, in "Alice’s Evidence: A New Look at Autism." This newer book also eliminates some of the duplications in "Looking Autism in the Face." For most readers, it is probably the better place to start.

Robert B. Waltz

Many of us ask, at some time or another, "Who am I?" For someone with autism, this is a harder question than most, because we aren't like other people. When I learned, late in life, that there was a name for what I suffered, I tried to learn more. It was very hard -- my thought patterns and my emotions are so different that they can bother people. And yet, sometimes, I come across someone whose responses ARE like mine. Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) is one such. This book began as an attempt to defend him -- to explain that many of his odd behaviors were not perversions but the result of his unusual but not evil autistic emotions. Then I found others who fit the profile -- people who were probably autistic, of my own "music and math/science and linguistics" type. This is their story. And my story. And, perhaps, that of many other autistics. I write in hopes that, someday, others may understand.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert B. Waltz

Robert B. Waltz, BA, Physics and Mathematics, Hamline University, 1985. Editor, The Traditional Ballad Index. Editor, The Minnesota Heritage Songbook (Minnesota Sesquicentennial Project). Editor, The Gest of Robyn Hode (Loomis House Books). Author, Romancing the Ballad: How Orpheus the Minstrel Became King Orfeo (Loomis House Books). Author, The Bible In History (free e-book). Author, An Introduction to Braid Scots (free e-book)

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