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The Story of My Life by Frances Cassidy,Helen Keller

The Story of My Life
The Story of My Life
Frances Cassidy,Helen Keller
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"Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing" ~ Helen KellerBefore she was two years old, a scarlet fever destroyed Helen Keller's sight and hearing. At seven, alone and withdrawn, she was rescued by Anne Sullivan, her teacher and friend. She learned to read (in several different languages) and speak so well that she graduated with honors in 1904 from Radcliffe, where she authored The Story of My Life. In addition to her remarkable accomplishment of overcoming such huge disabilities, her other achievements are impressive in their own right. She published 13 books and numerous articles; she devoted her life to social reform; and she campaigned in 35 countries touching the faces - and hearts - of kings, presidents and movie stars on behalf of the handicapped. Today the foundations she established continue to help the deaf and blind throughout the world. Enthusiastic and untiring, Helen Keller's life is deservedly inspirational and stands before all of us as an example of what we can accomplish, given fortitude and purpose. Most importantly, she demonstrates that the severely disabled have nothing to be ashamed of.
  • Funny duck
I read this in 7th grade (45+ years ago) - but it was well worth the re-read.
Miss Keller was an amazing woman. Just reading and understanding that
things were so much simpler then, but the strides being made to help folks
was great. There were several leads to other patients & researchers to
follow up on — which always makes me happy when a subject interests me.
  • Malaunitly
I read this book at a time when l was feeling depressed about limitations associated with aging. It put my cares in perspective. I did feel the last few chapters are mostly lists, but that was what was important to her. She wrote this book while still in college. How much more she achieved in the rest of her life.
  • Maldarbaq
If population statistics were normalized, Helen Keller's STORY OF MY LIFE would rank among the most popular/translated books of the last 150 years. I believe I once read that, after the Bible, it was for a time the most common book in the American home. And with good reason. All the more reason to applaud this "Restored Classic" edition; no mere reprint, instead is is a multi-layered and multi-angled presentation of the original text edited by Roger Shattuck with Dorothy Herrmann. For me, besides the historical information contextulaized Keller's long and variegated career, the most moving revelations are the supplementary accounts by Anne Sullivan (her teacher) and John Macy (Sullivan's husband). I recommend these, especially Sullivan's "Letters and Reports", to any reader interested in pedagogy in many a field including but hardly limited to "special ed". The Forward, the Appendices, the Notes, the Afterword --- I can't speak highly enough of this disciplined and empassioned variety of scholarship. For teachers who may be feeling -- at whatever stage in ther careers, somewhat lost at sea, this is bedrock material and ground to stand on.
  • Anayajurus
I have read the entire Mitford series multiple times and have all the books in hardback, but also read the covers off a set of paperbacks. I just started reading them on Kindle and still find the stories to be so fresh and uplifting. They take me to a place I want to live. Can't wait to start the next book... again!
  • Auau
It is incomprehensible to me how someone could learn to speak and write while completely blind and deaf depending on the feel of someone shaping letters for words into ones hand and figuring out how to build a vocabulary that way. Helen Keller and her teacher may be equally remarkable people. It makes one appreciate how good a mind may be hidden behind the inability to communicate for any number of causes. Helens writing lacks no element of sensory expression that one might expect from someone who lives without the use of two major senses.
  • Thomand
This is not a new publication. The first part of the book is an autobiography written by Helen Keller near the close of her college career. The remainder of the book is comprised of material showcasing the growth of Helen's abilities in her own writings and in things written about her at that time.
This book is both captivating and amazing - Helen Keller would have been an outstanding woman on her own merits but considering the monumental obstacles she faced, you will walk away with absolute amazing respect for her and for her dear teacher, Ann Sullivan.
  • invincible
A favorite series! Read the whole series last year and I’ve started reading them again this year with the same enjoyment. Hate seeing the series end! Highly recommended for anyone tired of violence, bad language and sex! This series is truly delightful!
Of course we've all heard of Helen Keller but this is the first time I've read her story. This book is so fascinating because it's not only her words but the words of her teacher and how she was taught. I could not comprehend how someone who is deaf and blind could learn words well enough to describe a beautiful summer sky. But Helen's thirst for knowledge leads her beyond the bounds that most achieve. It is a very interesting account of how this young girt blossoms into a young woman when her dark world is enlightened by the meaning of language and her ability to not only communicate, but go on to help others.