Tales of a 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 tells the story of a man who went blind at 25, but refused to give up control of his life.

Tales of a Blind Traveler

Tales of a Blind Traveler

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

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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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A Sense of the World
How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler
By Jason Roberts

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