The Elephant Man," a novel written by Christine Sparks, it tells the tale of a deformed man called the Elephant Man which struggles to survive in Victorian London.
John Merrick is a doctor disfigured as a consequence of a mysterious illness that struck him at the tender age of 14.
As a result he has many illnesses and he is given a room to live in at a local hospital following his recovery where he lives a life of loneliness and rejection; even visits from family members are few and far between. Merrick’s condition catches the attention of physician Dr. Treves who develops a relationship with Merrick, finding his condition perfect grounds for writing a medical paper. Ultimately, Merrick’s condition is terminal, and after a final single evening of a joyful outing in public, Merrick dies.