The Helen Keller Books gives some in site into the life of this remarkable person. American educator Helen Keller overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf to become one of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians. She brought hope to millions. Her vision and perseverance helped her to overcome the problems of her circumstances and to achieve her dream irrespective of being disabled. Her life story is a lesson to everyone.

You will benefit by reading, learning from her and applying these principles in your life.

While at Radcliffe, Helen Keller began a writing career which was to continue for 50 years. In addition to The Story of My Life, she wrote 11 other books and numerous articles on blindness, deafness, social issues and women’s rights. Many books and plays were written about her life.

Some of her most well known books are:

Written By: Hellen Keller and Edited By James Berger

Published: May 1st 1990 by Bantam Classics

Overview:

  • 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.

Written by: Helen Keller and Lillian Gish (January 2010)

Published:  March 14th 2007 by Book Tree

Overview:

  • Helen Keller had absolutely no hearing or eyesight from the age of two, but became one of the most inspiring and well known people to have ever lived. For a number of years she functioned, in her words, simply as “an unconscious clod of earth.” Then quite suddenly, she experienced the impact of “another mind” within her own. Despite not knowing where it came from or how it got there, she awoke to a new awareness of being able to talk and listen with her hands. She learned to read and write, wrote at least ten books, and attended college.
  • Her religion developed from living deeply within her spiritual self, cut off from normal sensation, and spending her life on a spiritual plane. She incorporated her own experiences with the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, a mystic born in 1688, and the Swedenborgian Church. Swedenborg, like Keller, had experienced other realms of spirit and transmitted deeper teachings that Helen saw with great clarity. She wrote this book after receiving many requests for her to describe her religious beliefs.

My Religion: Helen Keller’s Astounding Triumph over Deafness and Blindness

Written by: Helen Keller

Published:  May 1st 1990 by Bantam Classics

Overview:

  • This book deals with her 25 years after Helen Keller left Radcliffe–the story of her work and friendships.

Written by:  Helen Keller Helen

Published:  March 1st 2010 by B&R Samizdat Express

Overview:

  • This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original arti-fact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book

Written by:  Helen Keller, Dorothy Herrmann (Foreword), Ray Silverman (Editor)

Published: January 1st 2000 by Chrysalis Books

Overview:

  • One of Time‘s women of the century, Helen Keller, reveals her mystical side in this best-selling spiritual autobiography. Writing that her first reading of Emanuel Swedenborg at age fourteen gave her truths that were “to my faculties what light, color and music are to the eye and ear,” she explains how Swedenborg’s works sustained her throughout her life.
  • This new edition includes a foreword by Dorothy Herrmann, author of the acclaimed Helen Keller: A Life, and a new chapter, “Epilogue: My Luminous Universe.”

Written by: Helen Keller, Roger Shattuck

Published: January 31st 2004 by NYRB Classics

Overview:

  • Out of print for nearly a century, The World I Live In is Helen Keller’s most personal and intellectually adventurous work—one that transforms our appreciation of her extraordinary achievements. Here this preternaturally gifted deaf and blind young woman closely describes her sensations and the workings of her imagination, while making the pro-vocative argument that the whole spectrum of the senses lies open to her through the medium of language. Standing in the line of the works of Emerson and Thoreau, The World I Live In is a profoundly suggestive exercise in self-invention, and a true, rediscovered classic of American literature.
  • This new edition of The World I Live In also includes Helen Keller’s early essay “Optimism,” as well as her first published work, “My Story,” written when she was twelve.
Written by: Helen Keller.

Published by: Greenwood Publishing Group, 01 Jan 1985

Overview:

  • Helen Keller gives a personal account of the relationship between her and her teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy.
Written by:  Helen Keller

Published by:  Book Jungle  in July 13th 2006

Overview:

  • Who better than Helen Keller to write about optimism? Helen Keller became blind when she was nineteen months old. At the time children who were deaf and blind were simply given up on. But Helen’s mother read that a deaf blind person had been educated and decided to explore that possibility for her daughter. As a result of this Helen Keller was the first deaf blind person to earn a bachelor of Arts degree and she went on to be one of the most celebrated women of the twentieth century
Written by: Helen Keller, John A. Davis, Ocean Press, John Davis (Editor)

Published: Ocean Press in July 1st 2003

Overview:

  • This unique book presents a generally unrecognized aspect of Helen Keller’s life: her radical socialism, her defense of the IWW and her pacifist stance during both world wars. It includes texts written about her, by figures such as socialist leader Eugene V. Debs and Mark Twain.
  • “Her liberal views and wide sympathies ought to shame those who have physical eyes, yet do not open them to the sorrows that encompass the mass of men.”—New York Call (1911)
Written by:  Helen Keller

Published: Smashwords Edition on January 8th 2012

Overview:

  • One of the most enigmatic figures in history, Helen went from being locked in a prison of darkness and silence, to one of the most well-respected philosophers and beacons of change in the modern world. Now, with this book, one can experience Helen’s most inspirational & life changing thoughts.
Written by:  Helen Keller, Jimmy Carter (Foreword by), Keller Johnson-Thompson (Preface by)

Published: Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 2000) in August 1st 2002

Overview:

  • More details… This uplifting collection of quotes from one of the United States’ most influential women is an inspiration — an acknowledgment of beauty, intelligence, and hope. Helen Keller truly loved this life.
  • “This volume is testimony to the many facets of Helen Keller, but most of all to the legacy of her life. Her abiding concern was to leave the world a better place than she found it, and simply by leaving us her example, she succeeded admirably in that goal.” – from the foreword by Former President Jimmy Carter

Brief life of a woman who found her own way: 1880-1968 (Harvard Magazine,July-August 2004)


Both Deaf and Blind, Helen Keller Became a Writer and Activist (About.com,September 26, 2013)


The Miracle HELEN KELLER (Time Magezine ,Monday, June 14, 1999)


Helen Keller, 87, Dies (The New York Times , June 2, 1968)


An infectious ‘Helen Keller’ from Reinking, Thodos By Sid Smith, ( Special to the Tribune | March 3, 2013)


Helen Keller Week Named(June 27, 1985,The Los Angles Times)


Totally deaf and blind from the age of 19 months, world famous at seven for having learned to read, write, and communicate through the finger alphabet, Helen Keller took it into her head, as a teenager addicted to books, to apply for admission to Radcliffe College. She really wanted to go to Harvard, which would not consider her.

For four years she prepped and was tutored for examinations in English literature, French, German, Latin, Greek, history, and mathematics. Working on a typewriter, she earned satisfactory grades in all subjects; for the bugaboo of geometry, she relied on tactile diagrams made of raised letters and lines. Radcliffe admitted her.

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Helen Keller became both blind and deaf after suffering a nearly fatal illness at 19 months of age. Seemingly sentenced to a life of isolation, Helen made a dramatic breakthrough at the age of six, when she learned to communicate with the help of her teacher, Annie Sullivan. Unlike many disabled people of her era, Helen refused to live in seclusion; instead, she achieved fame as a writer, humanitarian, and social activist. Helen Keller was the first deaf-blind individual to earn a college degree.

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(She altered our perception of the disabled and remapped the boundaries of sight and sense)

Helen Keller was less than two years old when she came down with a fever. It struck dramatically and left her unconscious. The fever went just as suddenly. But she was blinded and, very soon after, deaf. As she grew up, she managed to learn to do tiny errands, but she also realized that she was missing something. “Sometimes,” she later wrote, “I stood between two persons who were conversing and touched their lips. I could not understand, and was vexed. I moved my lips and gesticulated frantically without result. This made me so angry at times that I kicked and…

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WESTPORT, Conn., June 1–Helen Keller, who overcame blindness and deafness to become a symbol of the indomitable human spirit, died this afternoon in her home here. She was 87 years old.

“She drifted off in her sleep,” said Mrs. Winifred Corbally, Miss Keller’s companion for the last 11 years, who was at her bedside. “She died gently.” Death came at 3:35 P.M.

She is survived by a brother, Phillips B. Keller of Dallas, and a sister, Mrs. Mildred Tyson of Montgomery, Ala.

After private cremation, a funeral service will be held at the National Cathedral in Washington. No date has yet been set.

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Two sequences stand out in “A Light in the Dark,” Ann Reinking and Melissa Thodos’ collaborative dance about Helen Keller. When young Helen is first introduced to her teacher, Anne Sullivan, she almost smothers her with gropes and touches–unmistakably the blind-and-deaf girl’s only way of absorbing the world. The scene is visceral illustration of the power of dance to enlighten–not just Helen’s isolation, but her feverish hunger to know and learn is telegraphed.

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President Reagan on Wednesday signed a congressional resolution designating this week as “Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week.”

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