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1. The story of my life : with her
2. Optimism an essay by Helen Keller.
3. Teacher : Anne Sullivan Macy,
4. Biography - Keller, Helen (Adams)
5. The story of my life by Helen
6. The story of my life. by Helen
7. Helen Keller (Rookie Biographies)
8. To Love This Life, Quotations
9. A Picture Book of Helen Keller
10. Helen Keller (Real People)
11. Helen Keller: A Life
12. Helen Keller: Selected Writings
13. Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit
14. Helen Keller (In Their Own Words)
15. Girl Named Helen Keller, A: Una
16. Helen Keller
17. Helen Keller (Women Who Dare)
19. Helen Keller: LA Historia De Mi
20. Helen Keller: From Tragedy to

1. The story of my life : with her letters (1887-1901) and a supplementary account of her education, including passages from the reports and letters of her teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan / Helen Keller ; with a foreword by Mervin D. Garretson
by Helen (1880-1968) Keller
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2. Optimism an essay by Helen Keller.
by Keller. Helen. 1880-1968.
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3. Teacher : Anne Sullivan Macy, A Tribute By the Foster Child of Her Mind
by Helen (1880-1968). Introduces By Nella Braddy Henney Keller
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4. Biography - Keller, Helen (Adams) (1880-1968): An article from: Contemporary Authors
by Gale Reference Team
 Digital: 8 Pages (2002-01-01)
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This digital document, covering the life and work of Helen (Adams) Keller, is an entry from Contemporary Authors, a reference volume published by Thompson Gale. The length of the entry is 2362 words. The page length listed above is based on a typical 300-word page. Although the exact content of each entry from this volume can vary, typical entries include the following information:

  • Place and date of birth and death (if deceased)
  • Family members
  • Education
  • Professional associations and honors
  • Employment
  • Writings, including books and periodicals
  • A description of the author's work
  • References to further readings about the author
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5. The story of my life by Helen Keller. with her letters (1887-190
by Keller. Helen. 1880-1968.
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6. The story of my life. by Helen Keller. with her letters (1887-19
by Keller. Helen. 1880-1968.
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7. Helen Keller (Rookie Biographies)
by Sean Dolan
Paperback: 31 Pages (2006-03)
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Presents a brief look at the life of Helen Keller ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Too simplistic.Missing major points.
This book has great pictures and does tell a few chosen highlights of Hellen Keller's life.However, it is too simplistic and misses some major points in her life.It does not mention at all how she was an unmanageable, unruly child before Annie Sullivan worked with her.It is so limited that the turning point when she learned that signs meant things makes almost no impact.Some other items to note are that the author refers to Helen Keller as Keller and Annie Sullivan as Sullivan, which makes them seem less personal.Also, at the end, the moralistic statement is basically made that her life shows that people can do anything, is very misleading.Not only is it not true, but because the book leaves out a lot of the struggles she went through and the hard work she did, it seems like it was easy to learn to read and write and communicate even though deaf and blind.Overall, I'd say don't spend your money on this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helen Keller
I bought this to use in my 6th grade reading classroom. It is excellent to use to teach reading skills such as main idea, author's purpose, or summarizing. I put it in a center and students have 10 minutes to use the book for an assignment. Since it is at a lower reading level, students have success in building skills to use in higher level texts.

This book is a good addition to the grade 1-6 classroom library. ... Read more

8. To Love This Life, Quotations by Helen Keller
by Helen Keller
Hardcover: 144 Pages (2000-03)
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Asin: 0891283471
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To Love This Life is a beautiful and moving souvenir ofone of the world's most admired women.This memorable collection ofquotations from Helen Keller brings words of wisdom, courage, andinspiration from a remarkable individual who above all wanted to makea difference in the lives of her fellow men and women.They offerprofound statements on the meaning of being human and on life in allits complexity, revealing the wit and wisdom of an unforgettablewoman.Perfect for gift giving. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This small book, spoken from the heart of the eternal "symbol of strength," Helen Keller, will warm and inspire the reader!
Helen Adams Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama on June 27, 1880.A sudden illness at the age of 19 months quickly wiped out her ability to communicate and relate to the world around her as she suddenly found herself deaf and blind.Her world closed in around her and she was unable to relay to the world her inner feelings, to learn, and speak to it until "Teacher," Annie Sullivan, came into her life.She soon began to blossom and her "words" began to flow nonstop until her death almost a decade later.

In this book we can read those "words of wisdom, courage, and inspiration from a woman who above all wanted to make a difference in the lives of her fellow men and women and whose remarkable personality is reflected in this new and memorable collection of quotations."The foreward is by Jimmy Carter and the Preface is penned by Keller Johnson-Thompson, Helen's great-great-nephew, and followed by a chronology of her life.The quotations in this small volume are thematic: This Life, The Senses, Faith, Happiness, Friendship and Love, Life and Living, Education, Books and Literature, Nature, Women in Society, Human Nature, War and Peace, Changing the World, People and Events, and Triumph over Adversity.

"Use your eyes as if tomorrow you would be stricken blind. . . . Hear the music of voices, the song of the bird, the mighty strains of an orchestra, as if you would be stricken deaf tomorrow.Touch each object as if tomorrow your tactile sense would fail.Smell the perfume of the flowers, taste with relish each morsel, as if tomorrow you could never smell and taste again.Make the most of every sense; glory in all the facts of pleasure and beauty which the world reveals to you."--- "Three Days to See," Atlantic Monthly, January 1933

This small book, spoken from the heart of the eternal "symbol of strength," Helen Keller, will warm and inspire the reader.There are several black and white photographs interspersed throughout the book that mesh with the series of quotations.For example, under the section of quotations for the section "Friendship and Love," we find her with the inimitable Annie Sullivan in a loving portrait.Some of the "quotations" embrace more than a simple line or two and are snippets from actual letters.One such letter discusses her thoughts on the Warsaw Ghetto in a letter written to Jo Davidson in 1947.This beautiful book is one that shows many facets of Helen Keller and will be cherished by the reader for many years to come. ... Read more

9. A Picture Book of Helen Keller (Picture Book Biography)
by David A. Adler, John Wallner
Paperback: 32 Pages (1992-03)
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A brief biography of the woman who overcame her handicaps of being both blind and deaf. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars girl in the dark
I like the picture book.It's Helen Keller.Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia Alabama.A girl would like this book if they bought it.6 years old, 6 1/2.I thought I was back in Helen Keller's year.-- Written by Meg, age 5 1/2

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for small children
No, it isn't the full biography of her life that one might expect to find in an adult level book.But, I think it is pretty obvious that it is a picture book.As such, it is perfect for small children.

1-0 out of 5 stars Basic Information?
I must take issue with the last reviewer. This book provides no basic information about Helen Keller. In fact, in this version, Keller doesn't even graduate from college.How would you like your own productive life of 88 years reduced to your pre-college days?

And we have wonderful photos of Keller's final 66 years, that would have made for fantastic illustrations. Marching for peace; learning to speak so she could denounce the murder of coal miners; helping to found the American Civil Liberties Union; casting her first vote, having been an ardent suffragist.

The story of Helen Keller is one of a person who used her fame to promote social justice, peace, and human rights.You'd never know it from this piece of claptrap.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Picture Book of Helen Keller
I think this book is TERRIFIC! It told the story very, very well. I loved reading it to my 7-year-old daughter. When we were through, she exclaimed, "Read it again!" I highly recommend it!

4-0 out of 5 stars smedley
I purchased this book for my 9 year old to help with a biography book report. It is a bit too easy for a third grader as she read it in just a few minutes but it provides the basics for a report. ... Read more

10. Helen Keller (Real People)
by Pam Walker
Paperback: 24 Pages (2000-08)
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A wonderful introduction to biographies for young readers, this multicultural series focuses on the lives of famous people. Children will learn about great people in history and contemporary times. ... Read more

11. Helen Keller: A Life
by Dorothy Herrmann
Paperback: 414 Pages (1999-12-15)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Dorothy Herrmann's powerful biography of Helen Keller tells the whole story of the controversial and turbulent relationship between Helen and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. Herrmann also chronicles Helen's doomed love affair, her struggles to earn a living, her triumphs at Radcliffe College, and her work as an advocate for the disabled. Helen Keller has been venerated as a saint or damned as a fraud, but Herrmann shows her to have been a beautiful, intelligent, high-strung, and passionate woman whose life was transformed not only by her disabilities but also by the remarkable people on whose help and friendship she relied.

"Fascinating. . . . Stripping away decades of well-meaning sentimentality, Herrmann presents a pair of strong-willed women, who struggled to build their own lives while never forgetting their dependence on each other."--Ron Charles, Christian Science Monitor

"We meet an entirely unexpected Helen Keller--a woman with deep if concealed ambivalence toward her self-sacrificing teacher; a political radical; and a woman longing for romantic love and the fulfilled sexual life of a woman."--Joan Mellen, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Herrmann's portrait of Keller is both fully embodied and unflinchingly candid."--Mary Loeffelholz, Boston Sunday Globe

"This well-proportioned biography of the deaf and blind girl who became a great American crusader rescues its subject from the shackles of sainthood without destroying her as an American hero."--Dennis Drabelle, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Herrmann's engrossing biography helps us see beyond the public's fascination with how Keller dealt with her disabilities to discover the woman Keller strived to be."--Nancy Seidman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Perhaps the most intimate biography [of Helen Keller]. [Herrmann] gives her back her sexuality [and] imbues her with a true humanity. . . . Helen Keller: A Life has some of the texture and the dramatic arc of a good novel."--Dinitia Smith, New York TimesAmazon.com Review
William Gibson's The Miracle Workeris justly celebrated for its dramatic depiction of the innovativetechniques by which Annie Sullivan taught Helen Keller, who was deafand blind, to communicate with the outside world. Now, DorothyHerrmann's solid, readable biography of Keller reveals that the7-year-old, who was liberated from her isolation in 1887, grew up tobe a strong-willed, tough-minded, intellectually independentwoman--not at all the "plaster saint" her teacher liked topresent to the public. Throughout her long life (1880-1968), Kellerworked tirelessly to promote the interests of the handicapped, but shewas also an avowed socialist who believed that working-class peopledeserved a larger share of America's wealth and a racial egalitarianwhose support of civil rights horrified her genteel Southernfamily. Veteran biographer Herrmann paints a nuanced portrait ofKeller's complex relationship with Sullivan, which included anger andresentment as well as devoted affection, and she vividly depicts themaddening constraints imposed by society's image of Keller as aperfect Victorian maiden, virginal and selfless, when in fact she hadan ego and a sex drive no different from those of hearing and sightedpeople. The book abounds in colorful touches such as Keller's delightin performing on the vaudeville circuit--her admirers were scandalizedby this vulgar display to earn money. She adored "the warm tideof human life pulsing round and round me." Candidly acknowledgingKeller's frustrations and some of her less-than-sterling qualities,Herrmann gives readers a flesh-and-blood woman whose achievements areall the more remarkable. --Wendy Smith ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A long life of service

The facts of Helen Keller's early life are widely known, thanks to the 1959 stage play (and later film) by William Gibson, The Miracle Worker. There are a number of excellent biographies detailing Helen's later life, and in fact her own autobiographical books remain in print and testify to her wide interests and sometimes startling achievements. Biographer Dorothy Herrmann's Helen Keller: A Life, first published in 1999, is a comprehensive addition to the canon.

Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama in 1880. At the age of nineteen months she was stricken with scarlet fever--or perhaps rubella or meningitis, according to Herrmann--and was left blind, deaf and mute. When she was seven years old she was released from her isolation by the young Annie Sullivan who taught her to communicate by spelling into her hand.

Annie stayed on as teacher, translator, editor and companion until her death in 1936, after which the torch was passed to other companion-caregivers. Helen spent some time at the Perkins Institute for the Blind, always primarily under Annie's tutelage, and later was admitted to Radcliffe College, becoming the first deaf blind person ever awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree. In spite of the difficulties that writing and editing presented to her, Helen wrote a number of books and articles throughout her life. She had close relationships with Alexander Graham Bell, Samuel Clemens, and a number of other notables of her time. Earning a living for herself and her entourage was always a necessity for Helen, and she spent four years on the vaudeville circuit with an act detailing her life and accomplishments. She also earned a living through writing and extensive lecturing (with the assistance of Annie Sullivan, who interpreted for her). In later life she became a fundraiser for the American Foundation for the Blind, and traveled extensively around the world on speaking and fundraising tours. She did this work until she was incapacitated by a series of strokes, six years before her death in 1968 at nearly 88 years of age.

Helen's passion for better opportunities for the disabled led her to the same desire for the working classes; she was a radical socialist, suffragist, member of the activist labor union International Workers of the World (the Wobblies), and a pacifist who opposed the U.S. entry into the First World War.

Author Herrmann thoroughly details the point of view that Helen, dependent as she was on her companions to "frame" the world for her, was to some extent a construct of those companions. Herrmann maintains that Helen was presented to the world as a "secular saint" because that's what the world wanted to see in a handicapped person. Her radical political attitudes, which themselves are attributed largely to Annie's husband John Macy, were a source of embarrassment to Helen's family and her benefactors, and eventually to the Foundation for the Blind which suppressed mention of them as much as possible. The Foundation also in later years controlled all photos of Helen and only allowed publication of those which made her look sweet, happy--and "normal."

Helen, for all the wonderful achievements of her life and the awards that were bestowed on her, was never able to live independently. Herrmann finishes with the factors that influence a deaf-blind person's possibilities. Those who are raised deaf and later become blind (or vice versa), for example, are in a different situation from those deaf and blind from birth. She briefly outlines modern teaching philosophies that allow the deaf-blind to live more independent lives, and mentions a number of high-achieving deaf-blind people who have benefited from them.

Helen Keller was a child of her time. Once the life of a Southern belle was taken from her by disability, her outlook was extremely grim--until Annie Sullivan came into her life. However the credit for Helen's accomplishments is divided up, whatever the truth behind the legend, she must be recognized as one of the outstanding women of her age. Dorothy Herrmann asks many questions that can't be answered, and that's not a bad thing in a biography of a woman so well-documented but so unknowable.

I listened to the unabridged audio of this book (which is not available through Amazon), read by Mary Peiffer.

Linda Bulger, 2009

4-0 out of 5 stars Crisp and clean, offering new insights
My grandfather saw Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan on one of their vaudeville tours in the early 1920s in St. Louis, and never forgot the experience. Helen never achieved her lifelong goal of speaking in a way that was pleasing or comprehensible to the average person, but onstage she would recite a few lines of something with which every audience member would be familiar, and on this night her text was The Lord's Prayer. One intimate called her voice "the loneliest sound in the world," but my grandfather never commented on the quality of Helen's voice so much as the extraordinary will and effort it took to learn to use it at all.

Dorothy Herrmann's biography "Helen Keller: A Life" is well-organized, accessible and a nice companion to the superior "Helen and Teacher" by Joseph P. Lash. She includes anecdotes I had never read before, some of which are fascinating.

Everyone knows the dining room scene from "The Miracle Worker," in which Annie and Helen fight to the death to teach the child table manners. In adulthood, Ms. Herrmann notes, when Helen was the guest at an elegant luncheon or dinner party, when she was shown to her seat Helen would pass her hand once lightly over her table setting, memorize its layout, and proceed to eat with manners equal to those of her sighted companions. But she would occasionally interrupt the conversation she could not hear to ask a question, with sometimes awkward results.

All her long life, the manual alphabet was Helen's continual link to the outside world; it named objects, gave her directions, and described occurring events or those about to happen. The manual alphabet itself is rudimentary and maddeningly limited. So it was through books that Helen's spirit took flight. Her comprehension of Braille came quickly, and it was through her reading that Helen learned abstract and intangible concepts. Teacher gave her nothing to read but the classics, which captivated Helen, but after Teacher's death she occasionally enjoyed the guilty pleasure of a silly romance novel. Helen learned to do what sighted people do -- which is to read whole words, not individual letters. Teacher insisted that she gain a lot of her knowledge through context, just as a sighted person does. Annie set for Helen a demanding course load, even prior to Helen's entering college, (she graduated with honors from Radcliffe in 1904) which insured that Helen was far more well-rounded academically than the average sighted and hearing woman of her day. (I've long felt that Annie should have received a diploma alongside Helen. After all, she had to learn and understand the same subject matter she translated and interpreted for her pupil. What a feather in her cap that would have been.)

Helen acknowledged that exclusive reliance on the manual alphabet for direct communication with others made her a poor conversationalist. She also said late in life that she was still childish in many ways. But these things can be said of many people without her physical limitations.

There is an extraordinary section devoted to restoring eyesight to the blind, particularly those who lost their sight in infancy and early childhood. Such operations have been performed only about 20 times, and the end results have not been the gift many patients hoped for but more often a curse. The world they have imagined for years, even though they had tantalizing glimpses of it as small children, bears little or no resemblance to what they are at last able to see. Herrmann notes that had Helen been a candidate for restoration of her sight, she might not have even been able to recognize Teacher. Some patients have no concept of spatial relationships, no understanding of relative sizes of objects; they cannot attach the names of the nouns they have learned to the physical objects they see before them. The process has been so frightening some have attempted suicide.

Almost all people with physical disabilities become defined in terms of their limitations, both by others and sometimes themselves. The fascination that Helen Keller held and still holds for people all over the world is rooted in the fact that she refused to accept being deafblind as the sole measure of her identity.

Helen Keller was not a genius nor was she a "plaster saint." There was something enigmatic and haunting about her. She was also seemingly without artifice, and possessed of an unquenchable interest in philosophy, other cultures, even music. The reasons she will continue to be studied by schoolchildren and admired by practically everyone are as numerous as the obstacles this remarkable woman overcame.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great biography; a disturbing life
Many or most nondisabled peoples' only knowledge of Helen Keller's life is the events of William Gibson's "The Miracle Worker".If you only know of the events from this play you would think Helen, Annie Sullivan, and Helen's family lived happily ever after.This is far from the case.Helen's disablities took quite a toll on how much she and her family loved each other.Annie became quite possessive and controlling of Helen during her childhood.Annie had a troubled personality as a result of the horrors of her childhood.Apparently she was never as psychologically stable as she might've been had she had a far better childhood.Throughout Helen's life, both when Annie was alive and after her death in 1936, she was surrounded by people and groups who sought to use her for their own purposes or goals.John Macy, after several years of marriage to Annie, saw the mistake of falling in love with her.It's easy to see why John eventually became an alcoholic, given that his second significant other passed away after only 5 years of living with each other.In the mid 1950's when Helen and Polly Thomson were living together Polly's behavior toward Helen became obsessive enough that Helen was cut off from virtually all human contact except Polly herself.In 1959/1960 Helen terminated a friendship with editor Nella Henney, perhaps as a result of being surrounded since childhood by people and groups who sought to use her for their own purposes or goals.

An irony about "The Miracle Worker" is that while it's a happy tale, the true story of Helen Keller is quite a sad tale."The Miracle Worker"
is not Helen's "real life" at all.

However, given the time Helen lived in, I can see why her life story went the way it did.I wish she'd never become disabled during childhood and wished she'd been able to live a normal life.But this biography is more believeable than previous biographies of Helen Keller.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, but too disturbing
The Helen Keller most of us are familiar with is the beligerent and frustrated little girl who in that fateful Spring of 1887, became docile, loving, and all of a sudden able to understand things when she put her hand under the water pump. But little was always written about her adult life. I always thought she had perfect features for a woman who was 100% blind and deaf. I recall Annie Sullivan's description of Helen when she first met her was that she was "noticeably blind with one protruding eye" and I thought her eyes looked perfect and beautiful, if not unfocused, for a blind woman, but then again I looked at photographs of her from her twenties on down and they were always right profile pics, with the exception of her photo on the front cover revealing her protruding left eye. It gives me the heebeejeebees that she had them removed and replaced with prosthetics. Anyway, they should make a movie about this detailing her life from Radcliffe college to her death.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helen Keller Loves Martinis
This is a wonderful addition to all the bios on these two remarkable women.While the definitive is "Helen and Teacher," by Joseph Lash, this book adds lots of interesting details.I had no idea that Helen had her eyes replaced with plastic ones (hence the full face photos in adulthood) or that she enjoyed martinis, high heels and fur coats.What a woman!This is a very enjoyable book with plenty of great photographs.I wonder how much of Helen and Annie's fame was based on their youthful beauty? ... Read more

12. Helen Keller: Selected Writings (The History of Disability Series)
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Several decades after her death in 1968, Helen Keller remains one of the most widely recognized women of the twentieth century. But the fascinating story of her vivid political life--particularly her interest in radicalism and anti-capitalist activism--has been largely overwhelmed by the sentimentalized story of her as a young deaf-blind girl.

Keller had many lives indeed. Best known for her advocacy on behalf of the blind, she was also a member of the socialist party, an advocate of women's suffrage, a defender of the radical International Workers of the World, and a supporter of birth control--and she served as one of the nation's most effective but unofficial international ambassadors. In spite of all her political work, though, Keller rarely explored the political dimensions of disability, adopting beliefs that were often seen as conservative, patronizing, and occasionally repugnant. Under the wing of Alexander Graham Bell, a controversial figure in the deaf community who promoted lip-reading over sign language, Keller became a proponent of oralism, thereby alienating herself from others in the deaf community who believed that a rich deaf culture was possible through sign language. But only by distancing herself from the deaf community was she able to maintain a public image as a one-of-a-kind miracle.

Using analytic tools and new sources, Kim E. Nielsen's political biography of Helen Keller has many lives, teasing out the motivations for and implications of her political and personal revolutions to reveal a more complex and intriguing woman than the Helen Keller we thought we knew. ... Read more

13. Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit
by Laurie Lawlor
Hardcover: 192 Pages (2001-04)
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A biography that sheds new light on this extraordinary woman. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly researched and a fast-paced read
One of the better books I've read about Helen Keller. Although written for upper elementary or middle school students, I found this book entertaining and informative for adults. The book goes into a great deal of detail not just about Helen's childhood, but examines all periods of her life: college, lecture tours around the country, her various writings, and her relationship with Annie Sullivan and later companions/assistants. The author does a great job of putting into perspective Helen's public fame and her inner determination to contribute to society as an independent woman who wanted to be defined by more than her sensory limitations.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Girl Blind and Deaf
Helen Keller Rebellious Spirit is a biographical book by Laurie Lawlor. The book is about a girl that was blind and deaf but still accomplished her goals. Helen Keller was one of few blind and deaf children. The blind or deaf were thought of as an outcast or a burden. They were sent far away to schools where they could be out of the way and not seen. Helen's parents couldn't bring themselves to do so. Helen created her own home signs, which eventually led to the invention of sign language. She did signs for words such as ice cream or mother. Helen Keller was born in a little house that was close to her own. Her house was small and white. Helen's hometown was Tuscumbia, where she had many fun experiences with family members and friends. Her mother's name was Kate Adams Keller and her father's name was Captain H. Keller.
This book was organized in chapters, quotes, pictures, and headings for the pictures. I never misunderstood what the author was trying to peruse. The author put lots of description, which made it easier to read. I would recommend this book to any one who would like to learn about a girl that had a different life of being blind and deaf.

1-0 out of 5 stars Helen Keller Rebellious Spirit
Laurie Lawlor's book, Helen Keller Rebellious Spirit, is a biography about an really cool woman who did wonderful things. Her name was Helen Keller. Helen Keller was awesome and different because she was deaf and blind and she still had a full education. Helen changed from a really spoiled, bossy, blind and deaf girl to a very accomplished woman who even graduated from college and learned to speak.
One nice story is about one of the first words she understood. The word was water. Her teacher, Annie Sullivan, poured water on to Helen's hands and fingerspelled the word to her and Helen understood.
Lawlor tells the story of Helen Keller in such detail it makes you feel like you really knew Ms. Keller. Maybe it seemed that you knew her too well. Lawlor goes on and on and tends to get off the subject of Helen Keller, talking about things that have absolutely nothing to do with Helen. Even though Helen led a very interesting life, Lawlor does not make it very interesting for the reader. If you were doing a report on Helen Keller, I would recommend this book. For light reading, unless you want a book that puts you to sleep, I would recommend something else. This story tells you that you can do anything if you set your mind to it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Laurie Lawlor's Rebellious Spirit
Lawlor's book Rebellious Spirit was an excellent one. I had a report due and it had all the information I needed and more.I would recommend it to anyone if they wanted to know about or needed information on Helen Keller.This book was extraordinary!

5-0 out of 5 stars Laurie Lawlor's Rebellious Spirit
Lawlor's book Rebellious Spirit was an excellent one. I had a report due and it had all the information I needed and more.I would recommend it to anyone if they wanted to know about or needed information on Helen Keller.This book was extraordinary! ... Read more

14. Helen Keller (In Their Own Words)
by George Sullivan
Hardcover: 128 Pages (2002-01)
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Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind student to ever attend an American college, but graduating from Radcliffe with honors was only one of her many accomplishments. Her writing and speeches tell the poignant story of a woman who struggles to overcome personal adversity, while working as an advocate for the physically challenged. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Helen Keller as a girl, learning from Anne Sullivan
This book, "In Their Own words: Helen Keller," was received in good condition, before Christmas, as I hoped. It is a well-written book, especially for young people, to educate people about Helen Keller's condition and how she faced it and surmounted it, with the help of many wonderful people, but especially her teacher, Anne Sullivan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reading, fun, and motivating for kids
I have read Helen Keller's The Story of My Life, and I spotted In Their Own Words: Helen Keller on a bookshelf in a middle school class. When I was reading it, I became engrossed to the book and enjoyed it. There is more information in In Their Own Words: Helen Keller not covered in the autobiography plus additional details about Helen Keller in the extended period of her life because The Story of My Life ended when she was 22-23 years old. I thought the details to be interesting and highly informative although it's a book for the kids. In Their Own Words: Helen Keller also provides a good leap from this book to a professional biography of Helen Keller's life. Another best part of the book is that there are many pictures contained, and I liked them. The print is simple, and the pages are short (only 125 pages) and can be read in a few hours. All in all, I recommend In Their Own Words: Helen Keller after finished reading The Story of My Life.

As with the other books in the series "In Their Own Words," the author has given us another great good and useful book for young women and men.The Keller story is in itself, quite inspirational and Mr Sullivan has been able to capture this spirit quite well. The constant use of quotes allows the reader to feel they are getting the facts right from the source and not from some dry accedemic source.The black and white photos are used quite effectively.The book holds the reader's interest and along with inspiring the reader, he or she actually learns something.Highly recommend this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I re-read this book a few nights ago and although it is not a story-tale fiction book like I ussually read it is still very enjoyable and extremly educational. It teaches you the amazing story of a girl named Helen Keller who lost her ability to see and hear at a very young age.It takes you through her life during which she accomplishes so many spectacular things and conquers challenges that no one thought she could.She stars in a movie, she learns to read and write and she goes through college and becomes an honor student and all along the way she is guided by her loyal friend Anne Sullivan.I ussually dont read biographys but I'm glad I picked this one up! I encourage you to read it because it makes you realize that even though someone like Helen Keller cant see or hear, it makes them no different than other people and they are perfectly capable of accomplishing anything as long as they set their mind to it.This book is very inspiring and it really makes you realize what a remarkable person Helen Keller was. ... Read more

15. Girl Named Helen Keller, A: Una Nina Llamada Helen Keller
by Margo Lundell
Paperback: 48 Pages (2003-02-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This book tells you about a real girl name Helen Keller. Helen Keller had Scarlet Fever when she was two years old. She was blind, mute and deaf after this sickness. She was jumping around braking things! Then, Helen's parents called for help. This lady came. She was blind also. But she helped Helen to learn sign language and knowing what are the things she touched. It was really hard teaching Helen all the manners and everything. But at the end Helen was like another ordinary girl.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Un libro inspirador
Este libro conta sobre una victoria magnifica de inteligencia contra
un problema grande.Es un libro muy importante para los padres de
una chica ciega o sorda, asi ellos pueden saber lo que es posible.

5-0 out of 5 stars Una Ni;a llamada Hellen Keller
I like the book very much! It was in perfect vew. And my grandchildrens enjoied too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Girl Named Helen Keller, A: Una nina Llamada Helen Keller
I have my book very soon, only 4 days in delivering.It was in a very good presentation. And was that I spect.

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16. Helen Keller
by Helen Keller
Paperback: 64 Pages (2002-11-01)
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Asin: 1876175605
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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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)


"We were born into an unjust system. We are not prepared to grow old in it." -- Bernadette Devlin

Rebel Lives books feature writings both by and about individuals who have played significant roles in humanity's ongoing fight for a better world. The series shows the not-so-well-recognized political views of some well-known figures and introduces some not-so-famous rebels. Strongly representative of race, class and gender, these books are smaller format, inexpensive, accessible and provocative.

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4-0 out of 5 stars A new perspective of a principled, dedicated advocate
Essays and transcripts of speeches by Helen Keller, which reveal her true concerns and her work on behalf of others. For example, she advocated on behalf of public health measures to prevent causes of blindness. She advocated for social and economic reforms which she believed were morally just and socially necessary.

Keller's concern for others shines through this text, transcending the specific political alignments she felt were necessary to achieve her goals, so that any reader of any political persuasion will find herein much value.

Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Revealing an unremembered revolutionary
Many people have heard of Helen Keller, the first deafblind person to graduate from college, an author, and the individual honored on Alabama's state quarter.Many fewer actually know what sort of person Keller was, what she stood for and believed in.Keller's activism on behalf of women's suffrage, pacifism, civil liberties, and radical socialism have largely been stripped from the sanitized images of her in popular consciousness.This short collection of some of Keller's best-known radical writings can help address this ignorance and raise consciousness about an American radical and militant socialist most often remembered as little more than a "poor little blind girl".

In "Helen Keller: Rebel Lives", editor John Davis brings together a collection of letters, articles, and essays (all written by Keller except for one interview) outlining her radical social visions.Davis opens the volume with a 14-page biographical sketch, chronology, and introductions to the documents written with Karen Fletcher.The remaining 75 pages are organized into four sections, each including 5-7 brief documents, that explore Keller's views on disability and class (and the links between them); socialism and industrial unionism; women and women's suffrage; and war, militarism, and pacifism.Also included is a very short bibliography of electronic and printed resources for more information.

The documents I found most interesting were those relating to Keller's involvement with the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a radical anticapitalist union.Even though I was already familiar with Keller's revolutionary socialism, Keller's lively and witty articles on socialism and the IWW were a pleasure to read even with the burden of hindsight.I can only imagine that readers who know little about Keller the radical leftist will find these writings much more of a revelation, and more interesting as a result.

This volume is in no sense a complete biography of Keller.It includes only introductions to her activism and revolutionary politics, and could have benefited greatly from providing background and analysis that was both more comprehensive and more in-depth.However, this slim volume is plenty to burst the bubble of sanitized history that surrounds popular views of Keller, and help readers get past her whitewashed image and learn a bit about the least-remembered aspects of the real person.It may also be of special value to teachers looking for primary sources on Keller or any of her fields of activism. ... Read more

17. Helen Keller (Women Who Dare)
by Aimee Hess
Hardcover: 62 Pages (2006-02)
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Women Who Dare: Helen Keller examines Keller's fascinating life and accomplishments with informative text and dozens of historical photographs. A special section of the book is devoted to Anne Sullivan, who became known as 'the Miracle Worker" for the pioneering teaching methods that allowed Helen to blossom into one of the most admired and respected women of her time. ... Read more

Paperback: 208 Pages (2000-03-01)
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Helen Keller, Time Magazine’s woman of the century, 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.” ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Light In My Darkness
This is the best book I have come across to help open the door to a whole new 'World'.My husband of 30+ years recently passed on, or had his 're-birthday' into Heaven. Helen Keller introduces one to the enlightened writing, thinking, and spiritual experiences in the Spiritual Realms of
a highly respected Swedish Scientist and Prophet or Intuitive, Emanuel Swedenborg 1688-1772. I especially appreciated how reading of his spiritual experiences helped Helen Keller. How they became for her, "Light In My Darkness". For me this book, and "Awaken From Death"Swedenborgs description of what happens to the Soul at the time of the transformation we call death, was and is a deep help and comfort.
I also found www.swedenborg.com, then click on the Swedenborg Channel,
a help in the healing of fear, grief, and opening to a whole new world
of wonder, hope, love, wisdom, comfort, and Spiritual Reality.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book. Helen Keller was truly a very special person.
Beautiful book. Re-edited from her own original work, "My Religion", and made more coherent.

Helen goes into some detail about what makes Swedenborg's Christian doctrine such a beautiful Christian religion for her, and how it gave her the inspiration to live a life in dignity and inspiration to others (!) and to overcome or deal with her handicaps for almost 80 years.

It has a few funny moments, such as her description of nature walks with an elderly friend.With her uncertain speech and his elderly hearing, he would have to ask her to repeat herself, but to do this he'd spell a question in her hand. With his advancing arthritis, his shaking hands letters could be difficult for her to decipher.

She is an amazing writer, inspite of total lack of sound or sight to experience those senses.Despite total blindness and deafness, she writes with vibrant color and imagery.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helen Keller
I received the book in no time at all. It was in great condition. I was completely satisfied.

4-0 out of 5 stars Light in My Darkness
Helen Keller was born June 27,1980 in Tuscumbia Alabama. Her father was an officer for the Confederate army and her mother was a wife. Keller wasn't born deaf and blind that started once she got older. She was about 14 months olds when she started the Perkins School for the Blind.As she grew older she moved to New York to attend Wright Humason School for the deaf. She went to Radcliff college in 1900 and graduated four years later. She died June 1, 1958 in Eastern Conneticut.
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2-0 out of 5 stars I could not wait to get done.
I have always been very impressed with the life of Helen Keller. The difficulties she overcame in life were phenomenal. This book, however, was not interesting to me in the least. I am sad to hear about how she moved away from her traditional Christian background and followed the false teachings of Swedenborg. The book is more about Swedenborg than it is about Helen. It is a strong promotion of Swedenborg's New Church. She claims that he had a special ability from God to find the truth in scripture. The problem is, he like all other cult founders, only takes portions of scripture and uses them out of context. He claimed to have special revelations that no one else ever did. Beware of anyone who makes such claims. According to the book, Helen was pretty silent on her beliefs for the last thirty eight years of her life. I hope she was silent out of her realization that Swedenborg is not master of the truth, but Jesus is the truth instead. I do not recommend you use your time reading this book. It can be spent much more wisely. ... Read more

19. Helen Keller: LA Historia De Mi Vida (Spanish Edition)
by Helen Keller, John Albert Macy
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20. Helen Keller: From Tragedy to Triumph (The Childhood of Famous Americans Series)
by Katharine Wilkie, Robert Doremus
Paperback: 192 Pages (1986-10-31)
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A biography, focusing on the childhood years, of the blind and deaf woman who overcame her handicaps with the help of her teacher, Annie Sullivan. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I read one of the books about Helen Keller when I was nine years old, and I was hooked, at that age I could not put the book down, I actually memorized, taught myself the hand sign chart in the back of the book. I highly recommend this book.I am purchasing this book for my niece for Christmas, she loves to read. When you think you been short-cutted in life, read this.Then ask your self do you have it that bad?

4-0 out of 5 stars The dealf, blind, and mute girl.
Helen Keller had a bad illness when she was only nineteen mouths old.She lived,but the illness left her blind, deaf, and mute.At the age of five her mom and dad wrote a school that has blind and deak kids there.A teacher came and didn't get along with Helen at first, but later thay become the best of friends.This is a good book for anyone who would like to know what it is like to be blind, or deaf or even both at the same time.This is a relly good book and I think that anyone who will read it will like it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helen Keller
...It's about a girl that is blind, deaf, and dumb. (As in can't talk) But later when she got a teacher named Anne Sullivan, she learned to do lots of things. When Helen was ten years old, she learned to talk. But still could not hear. I learned that if you are blind, deaf, or dumb, you could still do lots of things. I think you would like this book too.

I think all different kinds of people would like this book because people whoeverlikes biographies would like this book too.

This book covers Helen Keller's life from her precocious babyhood wherein she greeted people with "how d'ye" and "tea, tea, tea" to her impressive adulthood as a crusader for persons who are blind.

Helen became blind and deaf after an extended, unidentified illness she suffered at 1 1/2.Unable to see, hear or speak, Helen communicated by a series of rudimentary signs and showed great precocity in learning to fold clothing and recognizing her own.She was also unruly and given to fits of temper, which was understandable considering her lack of access to ready communication.

When Helen was 3 months off 7, her now famous teacher, Annie Sullivan was hired to work with her.The redoubtable Ms. Sullivan taught Helen the manual alphabet and from her stellar progress at identifying familiar objects, taught her Braille as well.Helen's progress is nothing short of spectacular and she makes an impressive academic showing at the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston.

I liked the fact that this book did not dwell on that now tired scene at the water pump when Helen learns after having "water" spelled onto her fingers that "all things have a name."Instead of gasping and losing speed after the now overworked water pump scene, this biography picks up speed and the reader is treated to following Helen's academic progress at Perkins and later as a Radcliffe alumna.

This book glosses over Helen's radical socialism during her adulthood and also glosses over the challenges she and Annie faced as they matured together.It's a nice biography, but you do end up wanting more.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good kid and Well-behaved
You'll feel interesting the first capter and want to read the next chapters. Introduction the book, it attractives read over and over until you can memory the book feeling boring and can think about yourself and askyourself. Good kid, well-behaved and many people love her HelenKeller,"From Tragedy to Triumph" by Katharine E. Wilkie.HelenKeller was good kid and tried to speak and spelling when she was child. She also good student in high school and college. Her parents love her.When she met any one they love her.Growing uo, she was good lady, shevisited and encouraged people who blind, deaf, handicapper.... She wasgreat person and famous. From the book, I remind myself when I was childand the book also helping children try to become good kid and well-behaved. Ithink the audience who from 10-14 age, can read this book. Thebook purpose helps children in America to become good kid and learn manythings form people who is great person.If you want to know more informationor more knowledge Helen Keller what did she do?, you should read thisbook;aspecilly children. ... Read more

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