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In 1970, a young abused girl was found in Los Angeles. Nicknamed Genie by the media, the girl was taken from her home and placed in hospitals and foster homes as scientists and linguists attempted to help her. Genie had been kept confined with no socialization in her parents' home. Her father had been abusive and, believing Genie to be mentally retarded, had kept the girl confined in a back room of the house. The girl was not allowed to leave and was beaten when she made a noise. She did not learn to talk or behave normally because of her circumstances. Once Genie was found and placed in a hospital, a number of scientists and linguists, including Susan Curtiss, David Rigler, and Jean Butler, began to care for her. Scientists working with Genie disagreed amongst themselves about Genie's treatment and Genie suffered as a result. Rymer's book explores not only the life of Genie, but also the lives of the scientists and the society and scientific community which allowed Genie to suffer.
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Plot & Themes

Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   parental abuse Phys disability/mental struggle?    -   Yes Struggle with    -   mental illness Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally Ill


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Misc setting    -   scientific labs Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   angry Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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