The Story Of My Life

The Story Of My Life

The Restored Edition With Her Letters (1887-1901), And A Supplementary Account Of Her Education, Including Passages From The Reports And Letters Of Her Teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan, By John Albert Macy

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THE 100th YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION

The Story of My Life , a remarkable account of overcoming the debilitating challenges of being both deaf and blind, has become an international classic, making Helen Keller one of the most well-known, inspirational figures in history. Originally published in 1903, Keller's fascinating memoir narrates the events of her life up to her third year at Radcliffe College.

Helen Keller's story of struggle and achievement is one of unquenchable hope. From tales of her difficult early days, to details of her relationship with her beloved teacher Anne Sullivan, to her impressions of academic life, Keller's honest, straightforward writing lends insight into an amazing mind. Like the original, this centenary edition of T he Story of My Life includes letters Keller wrote to friends throughout her childhood and adolescence that chronicle her intellectual and sensory progression, as well as assistant John Macy's commentary on her interpretations of her surroundings.

In addition to reprinting Keller's long-lost original work, this edition contains excerpts from her little-known, deeply personal memoir The World We Live In , which give readers a detailed look into an otherwise unimaginable existence, as well as an excerpt from Out of the Dark, a political commentary Keller wrote during her years as a socialist.

Deftly edited and prefaced by scholar James Berger, this comprehensive anniversary edition celebrates a century of readers' enthrallment with one of the most powerful figures in history.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2004.
Edition: Modern Library pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780812968866
0812968867
Branch Call Number: 362.41092 KEL
HV1624.K4 A3 2004
Characteristics: 343 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

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caowenhong
Aug 28, 2015

This book was inspiring, but it wasn't very interesting. The most interesting part were the letters; it showed Helen Keller's growth in her writing.

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KaiWagner
Jun 15, 2014

Although she can't see, she creates such vivid images with her extraordinary use of her adjectives and i was inspired by how she had such a good life while struggling through so many physical challenges. Everyone should read this book. It inspired me to work harder for my goals even if something is trying to hold me back.

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Sarah1984
Nov 04, 2012

I've given this 3 stars for the fact that some of it was interesting, not because I liked it. The first half of the book was interesting. It was mostly focussed on Helen's blindness and deafness and how she learned to overcome it with the help of her teacher Anne Sullivan. There were also a few pages about the obstacles she had to surmount in order to go college. The second half of the book, starting after she wrote of attending college, was written almost as a list of the books she read leading up to the writing of The Story of My Life. Considering the fact that a lot of the books she writes about are not widely read (or even at all) today, the detail she gives us is completely irrelevant to today's reader. Another reviewer said that they were expecting more about what it was like to be both deaf and blind in a time before the technology we have today that could have made her life much easier and more normal. When I read that comment I was ready to argue that her book must be wonderful, simply because a deaf and blind woman wrote it. Since reading the book for the first time since the age of 10, I now agree with that other reviewer. I don't know if it's a characteristic of books written in the early 1900s or if it was published as Helen wrote it and she wouldn't allow it be changed, but it seems to me that this book would never be published today without a complete overhaul by a very tough editor. I found the Wikipedia page about her more enlightening and enjoyable to read.

Dimmu16 Nov 02, 2012

Everyone! Please hurry up! I need this book for my Writting class! O.O

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Katiesun
Sep 23, 2011

I really enjoyed reading Helen's brave and bright perspective on her own life. Her writing overflowed with optimism for the future, love for the people that had touched her life, hardcore perseverance, a thirst for more knowledge, and at the same time complete contentment in the position she occupied.

nadian Jan 28, 2008

It is amazing that a woman with such odds against her is able to write about her life with such a uplifting mood and descriptive details. She does not allow her readers to take any pity on her and expresses herself in a clear and confident manner.

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

Not very interesting - the movie "The Miracle Worker" was way better

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