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Helen Keller: A Life by Dorothy Herrmann

Dorothy Herrmanns powerful biography of Helen Keller tells the whole story of the controversial and turbulent relationship between Helen and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. Herrmann also chronicles Helens doomed love affair, her struggles to earn a living, her triumphs at Radcliffe College, and her work as an advocate for the disabled. Helen Keller has been venerated as a saint or damned as a fraud, but Herrmann shows her to have been a beautiful, intelligent, high-strung, and passionate woman whose life was transformed not only by her disabilities but also by the remarkable people on whose help and friendship she relied.

Fascinating. . . . Stripping away decades of well-meaning sentimentality, Herrmann presents a pair of strong-willed women, who struggled to build their own lives while never forgetting their dependence on each other.—Ron Charles, Christian Science Monitor

We meet an entirely unexpected Helen Keller—a woman with deep if concealed ambivalence toward her self-sacrificing teacher; a political radical; and a woman longing for romantic love and the fulfilled sexual life of a woman.—Joan Mellen, Philadelphia Inquirer

Herrmanns portrait of Keller is both fully embodied and unflinchingly candid.—Mary Loeffelholz, Boston Sunday Globe

This well-proportioned biography of the deaf and blind girl who became a great American crusader rescues its subject from the shackles of sainthood without destroying her as an American hero.—Dennis Drabelle, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Herrmanns engrossing biography helps us see beyond the publics fascination with how Keller dealt with her disabilities to discover the woman Keller strived to be.—Nancy Seidman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Perhaps the most intimate biography [of Helen Keller]. [Herrmann] gives her back her sexuality [and] imbues her with a true humanity. . . . Helen Keller: A Life has some of the texture and the dramatic arc of a good novel.—Dinitia Smith, New York Times

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Helen Keller Facts

Myth: Helen Keller was born blind and deaf. In fact, Helen Keller was born able to see and hear just fine and continued to be able to do so until she was about one and a half years old. At that time, she became sick with some type of illness. Another common myth is that she had no way of communicating with her family until her teacher arrived around her seventh birthday. She then sought to find a teacher for her daughter.

Back to search results. Though a wild, destructive child, she showed such signs of intelligence that her mother sent for a special teacher. The teacher, young Anne Sullivan, herself formerly blind, managed to break through to communicate with Helen. The child loved to learn, and her remarkable achievements in reading, writing and even speaking soon made her internationally famous. Keller wrote poetry, toured on the Chautauqua lecture circuit, and published an autobiography, The Story of My Life. Helen became a member of the Socialist Party. In the s, the newly established American Foundation for the Blind asked Helen Keller to help them raise funds.

Deaf and blind since she was 19 months old, the then year-old Keller was also considered by many to be mute. When she first told her teacher, Anne Sullivan, that she wanted to be able to speak using her mouth and not just her hands, Sullivan considered the challenge insurmountable. With the resolve so characteristic of her life, Keller was determined to prove the world wrong. She was not dumb, not in any sense of the word. Keller made Easton, CT her home for the last three decades of her life. In , the young infant fell ill with what, at the time, was called a brain fever.

Stricken by an illness at the age of 2, Keller was left blind and deaf. Beginning in , Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, helped her make tremendous progress with her ability to communicate, and Keller went on to college, graduating in During her lifetime, she received many honors in recognition of her accomplishments.
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Helen Keller was an author, lecturer, and crusader for the handicapped.,






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