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The Story of My Life, with eBook by Helen Keller
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The Story of My Life, with eBook

$13.79 USD

Narrator Frances Cassidy
Length 3 hours 31 minutes
Language English
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"Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." —Helen Keller

Before she was two years old, scarlet fever destroyed Helen Keller's sight and hearing. At seven, alone and withdrawn, she was rescued by Anne Sullivan, her teacher and friend. She learned to read (in several different languages) and speak so well that she graduated with honors in 1904 from Radcliffe, where she authored The Story of My Life.

In addition to her remarkable accomplishment of overcoming such huge disabilities, her other achievements are impressive in their own right. She published thirteen books and numerous articles; she devoted her life to social reform; and she campaigned on behalf of the handicapped in thirty-five countries, touching the faces—and hearts—of kings, presidents, and movie stars. Today the foundations she established continue to help the deaf and blind throughout the world.

Enthusiastic and untiring, Helen Keller is deservedly inspirational and stands before all of us as an example of what we can accomplish, given fortitude and purpose. Most important, she demonstrates that the severely disabled have nothing to be ashamed of.

Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, in 1880. When she was only nineteen months old, she contracted a fever that left her blind and deaf. When she was almost seven years old, her parents engaged Anne Mansfield Sullivan to be her tutor. With dedication, patience, courage, and love, Anne was able to evoke and help develop the child's enormous intelligence. Helen quickly learned to read and write, and she began to speak by the age of ten. When she was twenty, she entered Radcliffe College-with Anne at her side to spell textbooks, letter by letter, into her hand. Four years later, Helen graduated magna cum laude. After graduation, Helen began her life's work of helping blind and deaf-blind people. She appeared before state and national legislatures and international forums, traveled around the world to lecture and to visit areas with a high incidence of blindness, and wrote numerous books and articles. She met every U.S. president from Grover Cleveland to Lyndon Johnson and played a major role in focusing the world's attention on the problems of the blind and the need for preventive measures. Helen won numerous honors, including honorary university degrees, the Lions Humanitarian Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and election to the Women's Hall of Fame. She died in 1968.

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