The Story of My Life

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Courier Corporation, 1903 - Literary Collections - 75 pages
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When she was 19 months old, Helen Keller (1880–1968) suffered a severe illness that left her blind and deaf. Not long after, she also became mute. Her tenacious struggle to overcome these handicaps-with the help of her inspired teacher, Anne Sullivan-is one of the great stories of human courage and dedication. In this classic autobiography, first published in 1903, Miss Keller recounts the first 22 years of her life, including the magical moment at the water pump when, recognizing the connection between the word "water" and the cold liquid flowing over her hand, she realized that objects had names. Subsequent experiences were equally noteworthy: her joy at eventually learning to speak, her friendships with Oliver Wendell Holmes, Edward Everett Hale and other notables, her education at Radcliffe (from which she graduated cum laude), and-underlying all-her extraordinary relationship with Miss Sullivan, who showed a remarkable genius for communicating with her eager and quick-to-learn pupil. These and many other aspects of Helen Keller's life are presented here in clear, straightforward prose full of wonderful descriptions and imagery that would do credit to a sighted writer. Completely devoid of self-pity, yet full of love and compassion for others, this deeply moving memoir offers an unforgettable portrait of one of the outstanding women of the twentieth century.
 

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A deaf dumb and blind girl, but no pinball. Helen Keller, bereft of the senses that your average person is able to utilise, has to learn other ways to communicate. She is instrumental in forming ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER 1
1
CHAPTER 2
4
CHAPTER 3
8
CHAPTER 4
10
CHAPTER 5
12
CHAPTER 6
14
CHAPTER 7
16
CHAPTER 8
21
CHAPTER 13
30
CHAPTER 14
33
CHAPTER 15
38
CHAPTER 16
41
CHAPTER 17
42
CHAPTER 18
44
CHAPTER 19
47
CHAPTER 20
50

CHAPTER 9
22
CHAPTER 10
24
CHAPTER 11
25
CHAPTER 12
28
CHAPTER 21
55
CHAPTER 22
63
CHAPTER 23
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Deaf and blind from infancy, Helen Keller (1880–1968) prevailed over seemingly insurmountable obstacles. She spoke not only for herself and others with physical disabilities but also for an array of progressive causes, including women's suffrage, pacificism, and socialism. Keller received an honorary degree from Harvard, the first ever granted to a woman, that proclaimed, "From a still, dark world she has brought us light and sound; our lives are richer for her faith and her example."

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