The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life

eBook - 2012
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When she was 19 months old, Helen Keller (1880-1968) suffered a severe illness that left her blind and deaf. Not long after, she also became mute. Her tenacious struggle to overcome these handicaps-with the help of her inspired teacher, Anne Sullivan-is one of the great stories of human courage and dedication. In this classic autobiography, first published in 1903, Miss Keller recounts the first 22 years of her life, including the magical moment at the water pump when, recognizing the connection between the word "water" and the cold liquid flowing over her hand, she realized that objects had names. Subsequent experiences were equally noteworthy: her joy at eventually learning to speak, her friendships with Oliver Wendell Holmes, Edward Everett Hale and other notables, her education at Radcliffe (from which she graduated cum laude), and-underlying all-her extraordinary relationship with Miss Sullivan, who showed a remarkable genius for communicating with her eager and quick-to-learn pupil. These and many other aspects of Helen Keller's life are presented here in clear, straightforward prose full of wonderful descriptions and imagery that would do credit to a sighted writer. Completely devoid of self-pity, yet full of love and compassion for others, this deeply moving memoir offers an unforgettable portrait of one of the outstanding women of the twentieth century.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Dover Publications, [2012]
ISBN: 9780486131252
Branch Call Number: 921 Kelle
Characteristics: 1 online resource (80 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)

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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... Read More »


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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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tj_is_cool
Aug 17, 2012

Not what I expected.

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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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