Silent Life and Silent Language

The Inner Life of a Mute in an Institution for the Deaf

by Kate M. Farlow

Introduction by Kristen C. Harmon

Silent Life and Silent Language presents a fictionalized account of life at a Midwestern residential school for deaf students in the years following the Civil War. Based on the experiences of the author, who became deaf at the age of nine and entered a residential school when she was twelve, this historical work is remarkable and rare because it focuses on signing deaf women’s lives. One of only a few accounts written by deaf women in the 19th century, Silent Life and Silent Language gives a detailed description of daily life and learning at the Indiana Asylum for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb.

Cover design by Katie Lee.


  • publisher
    Gallaudet University Press
  • publisher place
    Washington, DC