- Series: New York Review Books Classics
- Paperback: 182 pages
- Publisher: NYRB Classics; Main edition (January 31, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781590170670
- ISBN-13: 978-1590170670
- ASIN: 1590170679
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"While Helen Keller is better known for The Story of My Life, her later book, The World I Live In, is a warmer, more intimate and more beautiful work, one in which we encounter Helen Keller’s remarkable imagination, her originality, and her power as a literary artist. She comes alive here, vividly and idiosyncratically, more than in any other of her writings."
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"An astounding account, enhanced further by Roger Shattuck’s excellent introduction in which he explores the implications of her experience."
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About the Author
Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. At nineteen months, she suffered from a mysterious illness, perhaps scarlet fever, that left her deaf and blind. When Helen was five, Anne Sullivan was engaged as her teacher. Their relationship and the legendary strides made as a result of it, particularly Helen’s acquisition of language, are the subject of The Story of My Life. A devoted member of the Socialist Party and a tireless advocate for the blind, Helen spent her adult life fundraising and lecturing all over the world. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964.
Roger Shattuck (1923–2005) was an American writer and scholar of French culture. He taught at Harvard, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Virginia, and Boston University, where he was named University Professor. His books include Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography.
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Her vivid and thought provoking explanation of how she interprets her environment is stunningly beautiful.
It is filled with interesting historical tidbits, too. She describes the hands of some of the famous people she has met, such as Mark Twain, and what those hands 'said' to her.
This book is also a reminder that many people today need alternative ways to communicate. Most of us know someone with a 'low functioning' loved one on the autism spectrum. I think it is important to remember that in Keller's time, she was considered 'low functioning'. I pray we find the key to unlock autism, and Keller's life and writings offer hope that one day that door, like hers, will be unlocked.
bratty child progressed through and because of the fantastic work of her friend and teacher. She opened up the brilliant mind of
Helen who was subsequently able to communicate with the world around her. The early loss of her two important
senses of sight and hearing, were a mere minor obstacle to Helen as she heightened and made use of her remaining
senses that most of us just take for granted.