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Tales of a Blind Traveler

A portrait of James Holman, known far and wide in the mid-19th century as simply "the blind traveler."
A portrait of James Holman, known far and wide in the mid-19th century as simply "the blind traveler."

A Sense of the World tells the story of James Holman, a blind man who traveled the world in the early 19th century. Author Jason Roberts came across the story almost by accident. In the library, he found a small book with a short chapter on a man who went blind at 25, but refused to give up control of his life. Roberts tells Scott Simon what he learned in researching and writing the book.

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