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“[My life] is so rich with blessings—an immense capacity of enjoyment, books, and beloved friends. . . . Most earnestly I pray the dear Heavenly Father that I may sometime make myself far more worthy of the love shown to me than I am now.”
—April 22, 1900 letter from Helen Keller to John Hitz, AFB

When Helen Keller died in 1968, at the age of eighty-eight years old, she was one of the most widely known women in the world. The overnight success of her biography, The Story of My Life, written at age twenty-three, made it obvious to Keller that she was endowed with a gift for writing and speaking. As she got older, she increasingly began to do both on a variety of subjects extending beyond her own disability, including social, political, and theological issues.

Helen Keller: Selected Writings collects Keller’s personal letters, political writings, speeches, and excerpts of her published materials from 1887 to 1968. The book also includes an introductory essay by Kim E. Nielsen, headnotes to each document, and a selected bibliography of work by and about Keller. The majority of the letters and some prints, all drawn from the Helen Keller Archives at the American Foundation for the Blind in New York, are being published for the first time.

Literature, education, advocacy, politics, religion, travel: the many interests of Helen Keller culminate in this book and are reflected in her spirited narration. Also portrayed are the individuals Keller inspired and took inspiration from, including her teacher Annie Sullivan, her family, and others with whom she formed friendships throughout the course of her life.

This often charming collection revels in and preserves Keller's public and private life, coming to us in the year which marks the 125th anniversary of her birthday.

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Keller (1880-1968) has too often been "merely" the subject of juvenile fiction-a highly romanticized child heroine overcoming tremendous adversity whose story is told only through young adulthood. In this latest addition to the "History of Disability" series (other titles include Mental Retardation in America and Nielsen's own The Radical Lives of Helen Keller), Nielsen (history & women's studies, Univ. of Wisconsin, Green Bay) reveals a woman with wide-ranging interests who was often frustrated by the pigeonholing effects of her own fame. This anthology of letters, articles, speeches, and book excerpts, including private material, makes a fine companion to Radical Lives. Arranged chronologically, the writings are grouped around Keller's primary interests and concerns at various periods of her life. Nielsen pays the most attention to the third (1924-45) and fourth (1945-60) periods, when Keller focused on advocacy for the disabled around the world. A useful addition to academic libraries supporting literature programs and larger public libraries.-Felicity D. Walsh, Emory Univ., Decatur, GA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814758298
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Series: The History of Disability Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 317
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim E. Nielsen is associate professor of history and women's studies in the department of social change and development at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She lives in Green Bay, WI.

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Table of Contents

1 I learn many new words : November 10, 1889, letter from Helen Keller to William Wade 9
2 A pleasant Christmas : December 28, 1889, letter from Helen Keller to Ethel Gray 10
3 Wishes for a happy happy Christmas : December 21, 1893 [year uncertain], letter from Helen Keller to John Hitz 10
4 I would like very much to learn how to skate : February 10, 1895, letter from Helen Keller to Kate Keller 11
5 Our work is over for the summer : July 9, 1897, letter from Helen Keller to Kate Keller 13
6 How I wish we could slip away : February 3, 1899, letter from Helen Keller to John Hitz 16
7 The beautiful, free country : June 2, 1899, letter from Helen Keller to Alexander Graham Bell 17
8 Very hard to give up the idea of going to Radcliffe : October 20, 1899, letter from Helen Keller to John Hitz 19
9 Almost wholly a world of books : March 9, 1900, letter from Helen Keller to Alexander Graham Bell 21
10 Only love, dearest Mr. Hitz : April 22, 1900, letter from Helen Keller to John Hitz 23
11 Helen Keller, the story of my life. New York : Dover publications, 1903, chapter I 27
12 The world I live in. New York : Century Company, 1908, part IV : the power of touch 31
13 Our duties to the blind, presented at the annual meeting of the massachusetts association for promoting the interests of the adult blind, January 5, 1904, Boston 37
14 A fair chance to be independent and self-respecting and useful : February 18, 1905, letter from Helen Keller to Mrs. Elliot Foster, secretary of the board of education of the blind, Hartford, Connecticut 44
15 The truth again, Ladies' Home Journal, vol. 26, January 1909 47
16 The enfranchisement of women : published in the Manchester (England) Advertiser, March 3, 1911 51
17 Their cause is my cause : letter written to the strikers at Little Falls, New York, November 1912 53
18 Blind leaders, Outlook, : vol. 105 (September 27, 1913) 55
19 The persecution of those who uphold their downtrodden brethren : December 12, 1917, letter from Helen Keller to President Woodrow Wilson 67
20 I am for you : July 27, 1924, letter from Helen Keller to Wisconsin senator and U.S. presidential candidate Robert La Follette 71
21 Again in working order : December 7, 1901, letter from Helen Keller to John Hitz 75
22 Some nice young men : March 3, 1902, letter from Helen Keller to Kate Keller 76
23 I am very sorry, dear mother : May 12, 1902, letter from Helen Keller to Kate Keller 78
24 I shall not lose her, and I shall gain a brother : April 7, 1905, letter from Helen Keller to Alexander Graham Bell 80
25 To fight my battles without further help : December 14, 1910, letter from Helen Keller to Andrew Carnegie 81
26 To enliven things a bit : January 24, 1911, letter from Helen Keller to Kate Keller 83
27 Blundered so grievously as to love me : October 5, 1912, letter from Helen Keller to Anne Sullivan Macy 85
28 Perhaps a little bit crestfallen : April 21, 1913, letter from Helen Keller to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Carnegie 87
29 Have you forgotten all : January 15 (possibly 25), 1914, letter from Helen Keller to John Macy 90
30 Your unkind and altogether unbrotherly note : March 4, 1914, letter from Helen Keller to John Macy 93
31 How alone and unprepared I often feel : January 30, 1917, letter from Helen Keller to Anne Sullivan Macy 96
32 The cruelty of society shakes me so violently : March 1, 1917, letter from Helen Keller to Anne Sullivan Macy 98
33 Manifold demands, requests and interruptions : July 8, 1919, letter from Helen Keller to Kate Keller 101
34 Among the hills in Los Angeles : September 13, 1918, letter from Helen Keller to Lenore Smith 104
35 We have given up vaudeville altogether : August 29, 1920, letter from Helen Keller to Kate Keller 106
36 Memories of mother's journeyings with us : November 20, 1921, letter from Helen Keller to Mildred Keller Tyson 109
37 Our expenses are of necessity greater than for people in ordinary circumstances : September 9, 1922, letter from Helen Keller to Henry Ford 112
38 My religion. New York : Doubleday, 1928, chapter 2 117
39 Midstream : my later life. New York : Doubleday, 1929 : chapter 3 : my first years at Wrentham, chapter II : in the whirlpool 126
40 Helen Keller's journal. London : Michael Joseph, 1938 147
41 How important the foundation is June 7, 1924, letter from Helen Keller to Mildred Keller Tyson 169
42 Who better than the state can be that friend? : Undated 1927 speech before the Iowa State Legislature 174
43 Giving the blind worthwhile books : March 27, 1930, testimony before the committee on the library, house of representatives 176
44 To earn their livelihood : May 19, 1933, letter from Helen Keller to President Franklin Roosevelt 177
45 The talking-book to every corner of dark-land : April 20, 1935, letter from Helen Keller to Eleanor Roosevelt 178
46 An amendment of great importance to the blind : June 21, 1935, letter from Helen Keller to Thomas H. Cullen 179
47 The double shadow of blindness and deafness : June 11, 1941, letter from Helen Keller to Walter Holmes 180
48 The hardest pressed and least cared-for : October 3, 1944, testimony before the house subcommittee of labor investigating aid to physically handicapped 183
49 Multitudes of injured servicemen : February 8, 1945, letter from Helen Keller to Clare Heineman 184
50 The Japanese nation has watched over us both : July 14, 1937, letter from Helen Keller to John H. Finley 189
51 The impressions I have had of Japan, Korea, Manchuria, and the Pacific : September 14, 1937, letter from Helen Keller to M. C. Migel 193
52 The Nazi authorities have closed the institute : December 2, 1938, letter from Helen Keller to John H. Finley 198
53 This time of immeasurable stakes : October 30, 1944, letter from Helen Keller to Vice-President Henry A. Wallace 201
54 The battle of eyes : June 24, 1929, letter from Helen Keller to M. C. Migel 205
55 Discuss the thousand and one things : August 3, 1931, letter from Helen Keller to Amelia Bond 207
56 These adventures under the midnight sun : August 21, 1933, letter from Helen Keller to M. C. Migel 209
57 My only news is loneliness : undated 1934 or 1935, letter from Helen Keller to Anne Sullivan Macy 214
58 My faith that Teacher is near is absolute : December 3, 1936, letter from Helen Keller to M. C. Migel 216
59 Bury myself deep in thought : September 4, 1938, letter from Helen Keller to Lenore Smith 218
60 You inspire other women : January 30, 1939, letter from Helen Keller to Eleanor Roosevelt 220
61 That cup of vernal delight : March 21, 1943, letter from Helen Keller to Katharine Cornell 222
62 Alas! I am incorrigible : April 28, 1943, letter from Helen Keller to Clare Heineman 224
63 Happy heart-throbs : June 19, 1944, letter from Helen Keller to Jo Davidson 227
64 My public acts and utterances : September 18, 1944, letter from Helen Keller to Nella Braddy Henney 230
65 A peal of joy from my heart over the president's re-election : November 11, 1944, letter from Helen Keller to Jo Davidson 234
66 The tidings of the president's death : April 22, 1945, letter from Helen Keller to Jo Davidson 237
67 Teacher. New York : Doubleday, 1956, chapter 5 243
68 The beauty and the tragedy which endeared Greece to me : February 10, 1947, letter from Helen Keller to Eric Boulter 247
69 Hiroshima's fate is a Greek tragedy on a vast scale : October 14, 1948, letter from Helen Keller to Nella Braddy Henney 251
70 Hiroshima is beginning to flourish again : undated speech from 1948 trip to Hiroshima 256
71 Our tour of South Africa : August 1, 1951, letter from Helen Keller to Jo and Florence Davidson 257
72 Our trip through the near east : July 2, 1952, letter from Helen Keller to Nella Braddy Henney 262
73 The blind in Chile : April 25, 1953, speech at the University of Concepcion, Concepcion, Chile 271
74 One of the numberless instruments in God's hand : February 1, 1955, farewell speech 273
75 The people of India most hospitable : March 14, 1955, letter from Helen Keller to Eric Boulter 274
76 Another abyss of evil : September 22, 1946, letter from Helen Keller to Nella Braddy Henney 277
77 How you and I will talk : December 6, 1949, : letter from Helen Keller to Jo Davidson 282
78 The hearts of true friends : July 24, 1950, : letter from Helen Keller to Jo Davidson 286
79 Beneath the fun and gaiety there was a serious motif : January 31, 1951, letter from Helen Keller to Jo Davidson 291
80 All that is greatest and most beneficent in American womanhood : August 5, 1957, letter from Helen Keller to Eleanor Roosevelt 295
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2009

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    "Helen Keller: The Story of My Life" is a book that I will never forget. It is the very touching story of Helen Keller and how she came to be the women that she was. This is one story that I believe everybody should read, it has inspired me to enjoy the senses that I have that she didn't. This is one lady that cannot be stopped, the amount of things she achieved in her lifetime from improving the quality of deaf and blind person's lives. She managed to graduate college and she was missing the two most important senses a person can have. She couldn't see or hear for Christ's sakes. This is a perfect example of anybody with a desire to better themselves can do it. This statement is how Helen Keller lived every day; even with her disabilities. Anybody who enjoys reading about hardship would enjoy this book because I believe that Helen Keller embodies struggle and perseverance. One thing I didn't like about the book is that it is very sad, and while this couldn't be changed because it is real life, it still is something that I don't like in a book. The book tells of her experiences, her struggles through her own eyes. This book was a very enjoyable read, the trials that Helen Keller went through are incredible and her life was very interesting.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2008

    a fantastic book

    Helen Keller was a person whose life was the drama--she did not seek drama as the silly celebrities of today. And that is what makes this a great read with a genuine voice, inspiring in a quiet complex way. I felt it was a rare gem to be reread at different points in our lives.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2004

    Not what I expected

    This book wasn't as thrilling as I would have personally preferred, but it was very interesting never the less. She speaks very deeply of her emotions for the beauty that she can neither see or hear but can still feel and understand in a totally different way. For the majority of the book she's talking about her education. Which I totally think is cool because of her disability and such, but it's not really all that thrilling. I don't want to be a total nimrod, but after a while talking about exams becomes a little uninteresting. Overall, I would recomend this book to people that enjoy a peaceful book, and one who enjoys autobiographicals of the past.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2009

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    The amazing deaf

    this book is cool.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2006

    The Story of My Life Helle Keller a oustanding book or a poor one.

    my opinion about the story of my life by Hale Keller is okay because to me I don¿t like to reed autobiography, but even so I like it a little.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    It didnt work

    I love helen but dont buy it if u hve a nook tablet! All u c is white pages! Dont buy for nook tablet

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Awsome

    It said things I didn't even knew about Hellen.

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