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Christy Brown (June 5, 1932 - 1981) was an Irish author, painter and poet, born in Crumlin, Dublin. One of thirteen surviving children, he suffered from cerebral palsy and was considered mentally disabled until he famously snatched a piece of chalk from his sister with his left foot.
His autobiography, My Left Foot, was later expanded into the novel Down All The Days , and became an international best seller, being translated into fourteen languages. There followed other novels including A Shadow on Summer . He also published a number of poetry collections including Come Softly to My Wake , published in America as Poems of Christy Brown . With his wife Mary Carr, he settled in Ballyheigue, Co Kerry, and also in Parbrook, Somerset, UK, where he died.
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