The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life

Book - 2003
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The story of Helen Keller, the young girl who triumphed over deafness and blindness, has been indelibly marked into our cultural consciousness. That triumph, shared with her teacher Anne Sullivan, has been further popularized by the play and movie The Miracle Worker. Yet the astonishing original version of Keller's and Sullivan's story, first published in 1903, has been out of print for many years and lost to the public.Now, one hundred years after its initial publication, eminent literary scholar Roger Shattuck, in collaboration with Keller biographer Dorothy Herrmann, has reedited the book to reflect more accurately its original composition. Keller's remarkable acquisition of language is presented here in three successive accounts: Keller's own version; the letters of "teacher" Anne Sullivan, submerged in the earliest edition; and the valuable documentation by their young assistant, John Macy. Including opening and closing commentary by Shattuck and notes by Hermann, this volume will stand for years as the definitive edition of a classic work.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780393057447
0393057445
Characteristics: xix, 471 p. :,ill.

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caowenhong
Aug 28, 2015

This book was inspiring, but it wasn't very interesting. The most interesting part were the letters; it showed Helen Keller's growth in her writing.

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KaiWagner
Jun 15, 2014

Although she can't see, she creates such vivid images with her extraordinary use of her adjectives and i was inspired by how she had such a good life while struggling through so many physical challenges. Everyone should read this book. It inspired me to work harder for my goals even if something is trying to hold me back.

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Sarah1984
Nov 04, 2012

I've given this 3 stars for the fact that some of it was interesting, not because I liked it. The first half of the book was interesting. It was mostly focussed on Helen's blindness and deafness and how she learned to overcome it with the help of her teacher Anne Sullivan. There were also a few pages about the obstacles she had to surmount in order to go college. The second half of the book, starting after she wrote of attending college, was written almost as a list of the books she read leading up to the writing of The Story of My Life. Considering the fact that a lot of the books she writes about are not widely read (or even at all) today, the detail she gives us is completely irrelevant to today's reader. Another reviewer said that they were expecting more about what it was like to be both deaf and blind in a time before the technology we have today that could have made her life much easier and more normal. When I read that comment I was ready to argue that her book must be wonderful, simply because a deaf and blind woman wrote it. Since reading the book for the first time since the age of 10, I now agree with that other reviewer. I don't know if it's a characteristic of books written in the early 1900s or if it was published as Helen wrote it and she wouldn't allow it be changed, but it seems to me that this book would never be published today without a complete overhaul by a very tough editor. I found the Wikipedia page about her more enlightening and enjoyable to read.

Dimmu16 Nov 02, 2012

Everyone! Please hurry up! I need this book for my Writting class! O.O

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tj_is_cool
Aug 17, 2012

Not what I expected.

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Katiesun
Sep 23, 2011

I really enjoyed reading Helen's brave and bright perspective on her own life. Her writing overflowed with optimism for the future, love for the people that had touched her life, hardcore perseverance, a thirst for more knowledge, and at the same time complete contentment in the position she occupied.

nadian Jan 28, 2008

It is amazing that a woman with such odds against her is able to write about her life with such a uplifting mood and descriptive details. She does not allow her readers to take any pity on her and expresses herself in a clear and confident manner.

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

Not very interesting - the movie "The Miracle Worker" was way better

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