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Composition in Black and WhiteThe Life of Philippa Schuyler$
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Kathryn Talalay

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195113938

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.001.0001

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(p.103) 13 Scrapbooks
Composition in Black and White

Kathryn Talalay

Oxford University Press

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

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