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Scrapbooks

Kathryn Talalay

in Composition in Black and White

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780195113938
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853816 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.003.0014
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After her 13th birthday, all the fourteen scrapbooks faithfully kept by her parents were shown to Philippa making her to be aware that she was treated like a puppet, a manipulated human being. Her parents collected not only clippings and letters but also page after page of notes, clinical and philosophical, tracing her development. The books revealed the story of a brave genetic and behavioural experiment, designed to create an extraordinary child. Some of it was of course known to Philippa, since many reports and reviews were being published about her. All this made her realize to what extent her existence had been manipulated. Her musical career also acquired a different meaning, before she used to enjoy every time she could play for others, but after reading the scrapbooks, she felt a heavy responsibility with each performance. Philippa was also haunted during her sleep, having a recurrent nightmare about committing suicide.

Keywords: scrapbooks; puppet; manipulation; experiment; uicide; clippings

Chapter.  940 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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