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From the Publisher"Constitutes an important contribution to both the bibliography on Helen Keller and the advancement of disability studies. . . . Nielsen draws on a diverse and revealing body of source materials to give shape and dimension to key topics and arguments. . . . Nielsen does a particularly effective job of giving voice to Keller by drawing on letters, writings, and the statements of others; the direct quotes from Keller that she includes—and there are a multitude—enliven the text and strengthen the reader’s sense of Keller as an intellectual and a person as well as of the times which she lived. This sophisticated use of sources and quotes yields a strong, riveting narrative."
-Sign Language Studies,
"Stunning final chapter."
-The Yale Review,
"Radical Lives fills out an important dimension of our cultural memory of the adult Helen Keller."
"Nielsen has compiled an outstanding collection, including many letters and photos that are being published for the first time. And even if you didn't grow up in Alabama, you may still marvel about how a little girl from Tuscumbia not only beat the odds but also blazed trails."
-Dallas Morning News,
”As a person who has labored through numerous thick volumes on the life of this remarkable deaf-blind woman, I am delighted with Nielsen’s concise and refreshing scholarly work."
-Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education