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The Story of My Life (Bantam Classic) [Kindle Edition]

Helen Keller
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An American classic rediscovered by each generation, The Story of My Life is Helen Keller’s account of her triumph over deafness and blindness. Popularized by the stage play and movie The Miracle Worker, Keller’s story has become a symbol of hope for people all over the world.

This book–published when Keller was only twenty-two–portrays the wild child who is locked in the dark and silent prison of her own body. With an extraordinary immediacy, Keller reveals her frustrations and rage, and takes the reader on the unforgettable journey of her education and breakthroughs into the world of communication. From the moment Keller recognizes the word “water” when her teacher finger-spells the letters, we share her triumph as “that living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free!” An unparalleled chronicle of courage, The Story of My Life remains startlingly fresh and vital more than a century after its first publication, a timeless testament to an indomitable will.


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Helen Keller would not be bound by conditions. Rendered deaf and blind at 19 months by scarlet fever, she learned to read (in several languages) and even speak, eventually graduating with honors from Radcliffe College in 1904, where as a student she wrote The Story of My Life. That she accomplished all of this in an age when few women attended college and the disabled were often relegated to the background, spoken of only in hushed tones, is remarkable. But Keller's many other achievements are impressive by any standard: she authored 13 books, wrote countless articles, and devoted her life to social reform. An active and effective suffragist, pacifist, and socialist (the latter association earned her an FBI file), she lectured on behalf of disabled people everywhere. She also helped start several foundations that continue to improve the lives of the deaf and blind around the world.

As a young girl Keller was obstinate, prone to fits of violence, and seething with rage at her inability to express herself. But at the age of 7 this wild child was transformed when, at the urging of Alexander Graham Bell, Anne Sullivan became her teacher, an event she declares "the most important day I remember in all my life." (Sullivan herself had once been blind, but partially recovered her sight after a series of operations.) In a memorable passage, Keller writes of the day "Teacher" led her to a stream and repeatedly spelled out the letters w-a-t-e-r on one of her hands while pouring water over the other. This method proved a revelation: "That living world awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free! There were barriers still, it is true, but barriers that could in time be swept away." And, indeed, most of them were.

In her lovingly crafted and deeply perceptive autobiography, Keller's joyous spirit is most vividly expressed in her connection to nature:

Indeed, everything that could hum, or buzz, or sing, or bloom, had a part in my education.... Few know what joy it is to feel the roses pressing softly into the hand, or the beautiful motion of the lilies as they sway in the morning breeze. Sometimes I caught an insect in the flower I was plucking, and I felt the faint noise of a pair of wings rubbed together in a sudden terror....

The idea of feeling rather than hearing a sound, or of admiring a flower's motion rather than its color, evokes a strong visceral sensation in the reader, giving The Story of My Life a subtle power and beauty. Keller's celebration of discovery becomes our own. In the end, this blind and deaf woman succeeds in sharpening our eyes and ears to the beauty of the world. --Shawn Carkonen

From Library Journal

More than a 100th-anniversary reprint, this book was reedited by literary scholar Roger Shattuck and Keller biographer Dorothy Hermann to include excised material.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 219 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553213873
  • Publisher: Bantam Classics (October 25, 2005)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCKGNO
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary woman; an inspiring story October 28, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Helen Keller (1880-1968) is a revered figure in American popular culture. Struck deaf and blind by illness at the age of 19 months, she still managed to get an education and become a writer and activist. Her story was further popularized by William Gibson's play "The Miracle Worker," which was also adapted for both film and television.
Keller's autobiography, "The Story of My Life," first appeared in installments in "Ladies' Home Journal" in 1902. This book is truly one of the great American autobiographies: an inspiring story of a courageous individual who overcame tremendous odds.
Keller writes about many things: her childhood in Alabama; her relationship with her beloved teacher, Anne Sullivan; her attendance at the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf in New York City; and meeting such eminent figures as Mark Twain. She especially stresses her love of literature, which she describes as "my Utopia."
Along the way are some fascinating details and profoundly moving passages. Her tribute to the Homer, the blind poet of ancient Greece, is particularly powerful. I also loved her interpretation of the biblical Book of Ruth: a story of "love which can rise above conflicting creeds and deep-seated racial prejudices."
I think that many will regard Keller's autobiography as a mere historical or sociological document. But I think the book deserves a place as a great work of literature, and moreover as a work of literature in the great American tradition. Keller's poetic, often sensuous words about the natural world are comparable to the work of Emily Dickinson. And her stirring account of her revelatory awareness of language reminds me of Frederick Douglass' account of his first awareness of the power of literacy.
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93 of 99 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I was about 8 years old, my grandmother had a "bed and breakfast" type of house in Garmisch, Germany, I was on my way home from school and had picked some flowers for her "B & B" tables, when I saw a lady with awhite cane, I gave her the flowers which I had picked for my grandma, The lady to whom I gave the flowers was Ms. Keller, the lady accompanying her was Ms. Sullivan. The next day, my teacher at school asked me to her office. Thinking that I was in trouble (again) I was worried about what was going on. She asked me where I had met Helen Keller; To which I replied "Helen who??" , She then explained to me who Helen Keller was. My grandmother and I then were invited to one of the finer hotels in Garmisch to have dinner with Ms Keller and Ms Sullivan. At which time she presented me with a hardcover of her book "The story of my life". What I belive makes this book special is the fact that Ms Keller wrote a note to me In GERMAN, she wrote: "An meiner kleine freund der meine hand froh machte mit 'Primrosen', eine botschft from fruehling mit liebe Helen Keller" In rough translation: "To my little friend, who made my hand happy with a message of spring with love Hellen Keller". This book is most certainly one of my most price posessions.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Woman! August 2, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The miraculous Helen Keller and her equally astounding teacher, Annie Sullivan, go into great detail of their struggles to overcome Helen's grave disabilities. It is so astounding, in fact, that it's almost incomprehensible. Helen's amazing mental ability, Annie's guidance and their mutual tenacity are surely to be credited.
It is a wonderful story to read, especially so because it is told BY them and not as interpreted by a third-party biographer.
Unfortunately, Helen's eloquence and the prose of the day can border on the flowery side (to be it mildly) which made me unable to push through as quickly as I might have otherwise.
But then again, that's the beauty of her success story: it WASN'T too good to be true!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Autobiography by a Deafblind Author August 5, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is Helen Keller's autobiography and is somewhat unusual because Helen Keller was deafblind. It is beautifully written and although I don't necessary agree with all the conclusions drawn by the author of the introduction, I found the autobiography very moving to read. Much of the time Helen wrote in a way that you would not realise she could neither see nor hear anything around her.

The fact that Miss Keller was not deaf from birth but became deafblind as a very small child following an illness makes her achievements particularly incredible. She had to re-learn her communication skills and this is due in no small part to her teacher and mentor, Annie Sullivan. Miss Keller came from a wealthy family who were prepared to go to endless lengths to help their daughter to live a fulfilling life, and it is thanks to them and to Miss Sullivan that we have Miss Keller's writings and pioneering work for deaf and deafblind people.

This is an incredible book to read and it also provides some interesting cameos of some of the people Miss Keller met (such as Mark Twain) because her letters are included at the end.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have you ever been deaf while Helen Keller has June 7, 2005
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Its a miracle!

Helen was deaf, but she learned how to read with her fingers.

When she was younger she got an illness that when it went away it took her sight and hearing with it around 19 she learned how to read Bridal books thanks to her teacher, and my best friend Anna Sulivan that also taught her the combination of water from a pump on one hand and the spelling of "water" in the manuel alphabet into her other hand. I think that she message sent to you would be that its not bad being deaf, your just like a person beside that you cant hear or talk nor see.

Helen Keller wrote this book to show and to tell you about her life.

The quote "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much" it means that for Helen Keller she would have took a long time to learn how to read but she had people that helped her all together so they did so much to help her.

I would recommend this book to girls and boys; women and gentleman between the age of 11 to 35. It is really a good book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not good
I did not like this book at all! For a 6th grader like me, it was very un interesting. But that is only my opion.
Published 14 days ago by emily vanderwiele
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and inspiring is all I have to say!
this book was never at a boring part, and it really gave me the knowledge that I was looking for to learn about helen keller! 5 stars!!! :)
Published 17 days ago by MONICA MARCOTTE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good, easy read.
Published 27 days ago by Mark1111
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Book(s) for my Mother who reads constantly nothing negative to say
Published 1 month ago by MM
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
it was interesting to learn about helen keller`s life, but it was a little boring. I'm doing a book report on this, so it's great for a small, simple, and easy book report.
Published 1 month ago by sara
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A remarkable story told by a remarkable woman, surely a world-class genius.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The book was folded when it came to me.
Published 1 month ago by Carola Martinez-van Bokkem
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by camille anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not the Reader's Digest version!
A great classic by a great American woman, the first deaf-blind person ever to earn a BA. The description of the Kindle book must be wrong, though, in claiming it contains only 80... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars And we think our life is full of challenges.....
My 8 yr old grand-daughter showed a genuine interest in the story of Helen Keller from her 2nd grade. Read more
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Random House is blocking text-to-speech access on this title
Wow . Random House is beyond belief - I'm surprise they would even issue this, if they are going to block access for the blind.
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