The extraordinary account of Helen Keller's struggle to overcome the challenges of being deaf and blind--a masterpiece of modern biography. This classic edition includes: a concise introduction that gives readers important background information; a chronology of the author's life and work; a timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context; an outline of key themes and plot points to help readers form their own interpretations; detailed explanatory notes; critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work; discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction; a list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience.
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Left blind, deaf, and mute after an illness in infancy, Helen Keller overcame her disabilities with the help of Anne Sullivan, her inspired teacher. Her classic autobiography, first published in 1903, covers her first twenty-two years, including the memorable moment at a water pump when she first made the connection between the word “water” and the cold liquid flowing over her hand. She also discusses her friendships with Oliver Wendell Holmes and other notables, her education at Radcliffe, her joy at learning to speak, and above all, her extraordinary relationship with her teacher. This deeply moving memoir, full of love and compassion for others, offers an unforgettable portrait of one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable women.
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