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© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Helen Keller: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! The Story of My Life By John Albert Macy; Helen Keller Doubleday, Page, 1903
The Radical Lives of Helen Keller By Kim E. Nielsen New York University Press, 2004
Books and Reading in the Lives of Notable Americans: A Biographical Sourcebook By John A. McCrossan Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian's tip: "Helen Keller (1880-1968)" begins on p. 123
American Profile, 1900-1909 By Edward Wagenknecht University of Massachusetts Press, 1982
Librarian's tip: "Helen Keller, Prodigy" p. 187
Relational Transitions: The Evolution of Personal Relationships By 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 By 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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