The Miracle Worker

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Based on the remarkable true story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, this inspiring and unforgettable play has moved countless readers and become an American classic.

Young Helen Keller, blind, deaf, and mute since infancy, is in danger of being sent to an institution because her inability to communicate has left her frustrated and violent. In desperation, her parents seek help from the Perkins Institute, which sends them a "half-blind Yankee schoolgirl" named ...

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Overview

Based on the remarkable true story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, this inspiring and unforgettable play has moved countless readers and become an American classic.

Young Helen Keller, blind, deaf, and mute since infancy, is in danger of being sent to an institution because her inability to communicate has left her frustrated and violent. In desperation, her parents seek help from the Perkins Institute, which sends them a "half-blind Yankee schoolgirl" named Annie Sullivan to tutor their daughter. Despite the Kellers' resistance and the belief that Helen "is like a little safe, locked, that no one can open," Annie suspects that within Helen lies the potential for more, if only she can reach her. Through persistence, love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen's walls of silence and darkness and teaches her to communicate, bringing her into the world at last.

One of the most beautiful and heartfelt dramas of our time, this is the inspiring story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan--The Miracle Worker. This timeless screenplay has been brought to the movies starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, then Patty Duke and Melissa Gilbert.

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"Radiant, emotion-charged, memorable, superb!" — The Philadelphia Inquirer
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  • ISBN-13: 9781416590842
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 6/17/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 26,232
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

William Gibson (1914-2008) was a playwright and author whose many works include Golda’s Balcony and Two for the Seesaw. The Miracle Worker, his most famous play, won several Tony Awards, including Best Play, and was made into an Academy Award-winning film starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Great book!

    I had to read this for school and it was great. You can really imagine what is happening. It is very descriptive, but not boring. It also has a good ending. I would definitely recommend this book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    In love with this book

    VERY GOOD BOOK, JUST READ THE SAMPLE AND LOVE IT
    TRY READING IT
    IT JUST MIGHT BE YOUR FAVORITE BOOK BY ACCIDENT
    VERY APPROPRIATE
    IT IS SAD IN THE BEGINING BUT TURNS OUT TO BE THE BEST BOOK EVER
    I HAVE TO READ IT FOR MY SCHOOL
    BUT WHEN YOU READ IT IT SEEMS LIKE YOUR ARE READING IT FOR FUN
    IF YOU HATE READING THIS IS A GOOD BOOK TO GET YOR READING PERFECT

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Book Not To Be Missed

    This play is a wonderful adaptation of the book, good for High School readers. It captures the drama and poignancy of the autiobography, and allows the reader to see him/herself as part of the story. Every character in this play deals with a struggle and helps the reader personify struggle and hope. The two main characters, teacher and student, exemplify determination. Each woman is a role model for teenagers in overcoming extreme challenges. The style is easy reading and the dialogue keeps the reader engaged throughout; one can picture the characters and action while relating to the anguish throughout the story. The reader can only rejoice as the characters persevere and change destiny.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    The best teacher

    Anniw sullivan is one of the best teachers ever in the history of teachers enen if she does teach the blind or the deaf. This miracle worker could teach any human being.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    The miracle worker

    I choose this book for summer reading--into 7th grade-- and i was quite surprized, and, for lack of a better term, i was delighted. Its a book i wouldnt hesitate to recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2005

    Helen Keller

    I loved the book i am 11yrs. old and i fell in love with the book and im doing a book report on it to turn in tomorrow!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2014

    Review

    This book makes me realize how blessed I am to have all my senses, yet I take it for granted. Helen had nothing, but she got through it. I hope this book makes you realize you are blessed even if you have little, and I hope it captures your heart as it did mine. -- Kyra

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    Sadie

    YAY!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

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    Congrats! You earned a job as wild babies caretaker in the animal shelter at oxy res 1-9! I will let you know when we get any wild babies in. ~FluffMania (PS this message will explode in 5...4...3...2...1...BOOM!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Good

    I read this book in school . I THINK THIS BOOK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Awesome

    Im a critic im writing for the daily journal in new york and this is a great book to read i reccomend it to anyone

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    great book, a littleboring

    i just finished reading this with my 7th grade english. it was a remarkable story but a little bit boring. i strongly reccomend the disney version of the movie

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    Touching and sad ;)

    A wonderful story i loved it

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    The Miracle Worker

    I think that The Miracle Worker is a great book i loved it

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  • Posted April 2, 2009

    It is a very touching book, which all ages can enjoy and be part of this incredible story.

    I think this is an incredible story, i enjoyed a lot reading this book. While you read this, you are willing to find out what is going to happen to Helen Keller, if it is possible to teach her and make her a new person, and what new problems will appear in her way. I like to read books, in which you can learn something important for your life, when i read The Miracle worker i thought was incredible. The way Anne Sullivan taught Helen how to communicate and feel better about herself. Helen acted as an animal, nobody could stand her, till Anne changed her way of living and gave her a dream, a goal to achieve, to talk and express herself. Life is difficult, but anyone can overcome it. Helen is deaf, blind and mute, but with Anne's help she overcame this frustration, and found a place in this world.

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  • Posted April 2, 2009

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    A Masterpiece!

    The book was amazing. The characters have this connection between them even though they were fighting.It's a story about a girl named Helen Keller, she was born deaf, blind and mute. Helen couldn't express herself because of her disabilities, everyone that wanted to help her was hurt by her furious rage. Then Annie Sullivan came to Helen's Life, Annie is also half-blind.
    Annie was hired to teach Helen the things that a normal child would, like the alphabet and numbers. When Annie was little she used to live in an asylum with her brother. Annie used her experience to teach Helen. She tried to be friends with Helen and taught her words and letters. She asked Helen's mom to stay in a lodge where they would be alone so she could connect with Helen more. When they came back Helen forgot her manners at the dining but Helen was just testing Annie and after that Helen showed Annie that she remembers everything she taught her. It's just amazing that this story is true and someone did all the stuff i read. I would recommend this book to anyone that can read because this book shows the great courage, patience and kindness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2008

    Great Love Story of Friendship, and Family

    This story of Helen Keller's Life is an amazing out look of the struggles and triumphs that she came through to get to what she wanted. the raw emotion of love that ms. sullivan shows helen, to let her know she won't give up on her, is just wonderful and very beautiful. ms. sullivan, saw helen for the remarkable person she was, and not view her as different like her family did. because her family through ms. sullivan came to understand helen, and finally saw that she was succedding in life. this is a beautiful, loving, inspirational story, of a girl who became a strong willed woman and a scholar. this story, has something in it, for everyone, because ms. keller really teaches everyone, that no matter how hard it can be, you can do it, and that's what ms. sullivan shows helen. that's why they become best friends for the rest of their lives. i recommend anyone to read the book and watch the movie, you will see what true love is about in this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2007

    Great Book

    This book is great. Its truly a touching book. I also recomend the new movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2006

    amazingg =]

    im reading this book in my 9th grade english class [as a class] && we're role playing it and everything. it's pretty cool because i really don't read at all, and i love how this book has different parts. it helps to really understand the book because normally when i read by myself i really don't comprehend everything that's going on, and with hearing different voices && everything i actually hear it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2005

    beautiful story

    In the touching story 'The Miracle Worker', written by William Gibson, is a dramatic play that takes place in Alabama in the late 1800s about Helen Keller¿s struggle to overcome her disability with her teacher Annie Sullivan. Helen became blind and deaf and mute from when she was sick when she was younger from a severe case of scarlet fever, and is now so sick and in serious danger of being sent to a mental institution. Her parents have gone to many doctors to try to solve the problem, but so far, nothing had worked. They were ready to give up when Aunt Ev brings up at dinner that there were doctors who help many children who have problems like Helen¿s. After a heated argument, they decided to go along with the idea, her parents resort to help from the Perkins Institute, which sends them a 'Half-blind Yankee schoolgirl' named Annie Sullivan, to tutor their daughter, and soon after Annie comes into their lives. Annie was a patient of Anagnos, and also a student. Now Annie Sullivan is in Helen¿s life, as her teacher, she¿s there to help Helen learn sign language and try to discipline her. Annie is from the school for the blind, since Helen¿s eye sight was so poor, even after 9 operations, Helen needed to learn how to understand language. Even though Helen was disabled, she was treated like a princess. Whenever she¿d be bad, her parents would give her hugs and treats for her to calm down, and they¿d spoil her whenever they¿d get the chance, especially around dinner time, where Helen would go around eating off others plates and eat off them, but not for long. Annie disagreed with the fact that her family lets her get away with that behavior, though they don¿t really know how to handle Helen¿s situation, they are rather helpless and try to make it as simple for Helen as they can. When Annie comes to dinner with the Keller¿s, she notices right away that Helen has no manners and is an obnoxious little brat, though it was not her fault, her inability to communicate has left her frustrated and violent. Despite the fact that there was a battle scene between Helen and Annie in the dining room about the way that Helen acts towards her parents and guests and to herself most importantly, Helen¿s father agrees to let them both live in a small house that they only used in the hunting season for 2 weeks at a time. Having being able to have this opportunity from her worried father, this is when Annie takes full advantage into helping Helen mostly understand words and behave properly. After the two weeks, Helen still doesn¿t fully understand the meaning of words but manages to carry on a communication by using her palms and forming letters with her fingers, and also she teaches Helen manners, and one of the ways she does this is by forcing and struggling with Helen to sit and fold her napkin and wait for dinner. It wasn¿t until Helen came back to a welcome home dinner that she realizes, through all the persistence and love, and sheer stubbornness from Annie, Annie breaks through Helen's walls of silence and darkness , she teaches her to communicate and to be a better person. So, in conclusion, although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the over coming of it, this story of Helen Keller proves that. She suffered terribly when she was little, but with the help from Annie and her courage, she went on to get a university degree, write her autobiography and a lot more.

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