Helen Keller

Keller, Helen Adams

Helen Adams Keller, 1880–1968, American author and lecturer, blind and deaf from an undiagnosed illness at the age of two, b. Tuscumbia, Ala. In 1887 she was put under the charge of Anne Sullivan (see Macy, Anne Sullivan), who was her teacher and companion until Sullivan's death in 1936. As a pupil Helen Keller made rapid progress and was graduated from Radcliffe in 1904 with honors. She lectured all over America and in Europe and Asia, raising funds for the training of the blind and promoting other social causes. Her books include The Story of My Life (1903), The World I Live In (1908), Helen Keller's Journal, 1936–1937 (1938), Let Us Have Faith (1940), and The Open Door (1957).

See biographies by M. Weiner (1970), J. P. Lash (1980, repr. 1997), and D. Herrmann (1998).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

FREE! The Story of My Life
Helen Keller; John Albert Macy.
Doubleday, Page, 1903
The Radical Lives of Helen Keller
Kim E. Nielsen.
New York University Press, 2004
Helen and Teacher: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy
Joseph P. Lash.
Addison-Wesley Pub., 1980
Helen Keller, Public Speaker: Sightless but Seen, Deaf but Heard
Lois J. Einhorn.
Greenwood Press, 1998
Booknotes: Stories from American History
Brian Lamb.
Public Affairs, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "The Celebrity of Helen Keller" begins on p. 179
Books and Reading in the Lives of Notable Americans: A Biographical Sourcebook
John A. McCrossan.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Helen Keller (1880-1968)" begins on p. 123
American Profile, 1900-1909
Edward Wagenknecht.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: "Helen Keller, Prodigy" p. 187
Relational Transitions: The Evolution of Personal Relationships
Richard L. Conville.
Praeger, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Appendix A "Helen Keller's Case"
Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1925-1993: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell.
Greenwood Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968), Advocate for the Blind, Socialist, and Feminist" p. 254
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