- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Modern Library; 100th Anniversary ed. edition (March 9 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812968867
- ISBN-13: 978-0812968866
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 318 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The greatest woman of our age.”
“Helen Keller is fellow to Caesar, Alexander, Napoleon, Homer, Shakespeare, and the rest of the immortals. . . . She will be as famous a thousand years from now as she is today.”
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THE 100th YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION
The Story of My Life, a remarkable account of overcoming the debilitating challenges of being both deaf and blind, has become an international classic, making Helen Keller one of the most well-known, inspirational figures in history. Originally published in 1903, Keller's fascinating memoir narrates the events of her life up to her third year at Radcliffe College.
Helen Keller's story of struggle and achievement is one of unquenchable hope. From tales of her difficult early days, to details of her relationship with her beloved teacher Anne Sullivan, to her impressions of academic life, Keller's honest, straightforward writing lends insight into an amazing mind. Like the original, this centenary edition of "The Story of My Life includes letters Keller wrote to friends throughout her childhood and adolescence that chronicle her intellectual and sensory progression, as well as assistant John Macy's commentary on her interpretations of her surroundings.
In addition to reprinting Keller's long-lost original work, this edition contains excerpts from her little-known, deeply personal memoir "The World We Live In, which give readers a detailed look into an otherwise unimaginable existence, as well as an excerpt from Out of the Dark, a political commentary Keller wrote during her years as a socialist.
Deftly edited and prefaced by scholar James Berger, this comprehensive anniversary edition celebrates a century of readers' enthrallment with one of the most powerful figures in history.
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This book is definitely one that will interest anyone who is related to or works with the deaf and or blind. It contains a great deal of detail about how someone who is so shut out from being able to learn by hearing and observation can be taught to understand, to reason and to feel. What Sullivan and others managed to accomplish with Keller is incredible. What Keller herself accomplished when given the right instruction and communicative tools is even more incredible.
As for "The Story of My Life," written by Keller--if judged strictly by literary merit--although it was a phenomenal accomplishment by a deaf and blind woman--it is not a great piece of literature. Her composition is abundantly verbose, flowery and ostentatious, at times to the point of tedium. But it is certainly the work of a genius and holds the reader's interest because of the seeming impossibility of its actual accomplishment. This book is the cat's miaou for Keller completists, educators and historians. General readers who are looking for an honest biographical account of Keller's extraordinary life--including how she was duly aided and assisted but also unduly manipulated and influenced by others--would be advised to read Dorothy Herrmann's "Helen Keller: A Life."
Helen Keller: A Life
Although Helen Keller's story is familiar to all, to read it described in her own words is even more compelling. Using wonderful, descriptive prose, Keller does a masterful job of depicting her transformation into a sentient being after the arrival of her teacher, Annie Sullivan. Of particular note is Keller's frequent use of sight-oriented language (e.g., "very soon the green, pointed buds showed signs of opening") despite her disabilities. Although Keller tells of several dark periods in her life--including the "Frost King" incident and her struggles at college--what shines through most clearly is her incredible optimism and unfailingly cheerful disposition.
As amazing as it is to read Keller's story in her own words, it is her letters which leave the reader feeling truly astonished. Just three and a half months after Sullivan first arrived to teach Helen, Keller was able to write simple declaratory statements such as "helen write anna george will give helen apple." The progression of Keller's language is truly extraordinary; just five months later, she is writing nearly as well as--or perhaps better than--other children her age: "I am glad to write you a letter. Father will send you a picture." Soon it is nearly impossible to believe that this young woman spent her first eight years without thought or speech. Included within Keller's letters are some of the replies she received from her many famous friends, such as the poet John Whittier.
Following Keller's letters are supplementary accounts from various sources, most notably the letters of Annie Sullivan. My one complaint about the book is that I wish these letters had been printed side-by-side with Keller's; it would have been truly captivating to read the accounts of pupil and teacher in tandem. Still, Sullivan's accounts are appealing in their own right, and her life's dedication to her student was truly remarkable. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to get the clearest, most true account of one of the 20th century's most fascinating women, Helen Keller.
See the magnitude of Helen’s accomplishments in the face of her disabilities. When she was a baby, an illness deprived her of her sight and hearing: acute congestion of the stomach and brain caused high fever. When the fever vanished mysteriously, everybody rejoiced. Nobody knew then that Helen should never see or hear again.
They all learned the finger alphabet to communicate with her. She shared her experience through the eyes, ears and language of others, and wrote fourteen books.
Read Helen’s memoir and letters. Also, letters written 1887-1894 by her dedicated teacher, Anne Sullivan;
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