by Jason Roberts

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Blind and unable to walk without aid by the age of 25, James Holman (1786-1857) traveled the world and entered into seemingly unbelievable adventures. His knack for getting into crazy predicaments reminds me of Henry Fielding's fictional character Tom Jones. But unlike Jones, Holman's adventures were global and very real.  A true eccentric, Holman defied categorization, embracing his physical limitations as a means to view the world differently. His biographer Jason Roberts notes: "His sightlessness made genuine insight possible." 

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