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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 Times

Synopsis:

Keller has been venerated 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 by remarkable friendships she forged.

Table of Contents

Preface

1 Helen

2 Laura

3 Annie

4 Helen and Annie

5 "The Eighth Wonder of the World"

6 "Angel Child"

7 "It Took the Pair of You"

8 "A Born Schemer"

9 "Half-Rome"

10 John

11 The World I Live In

12 A Fiery Radical

13 "More of an Institution Than a Woman"

14 "A Little Island of Joy"

15 Separation

16 Hollywood

17 "The Star of Happiness"

18 "The Dreadful Drama Is Finished"

19 Helen Without Annie

20 Polly and Nella

21 "A Source of Embarrassment"

22 "In a Black, Silent Hole"

23 "A Witness of God"

24 "I Am in Agony"

25 The End of a Friendship

26 "A Fragile Porcelain Lady"

27 Helen's Legacy

Works by Helen Keller

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226327631
Author:
Herrmann, Dorothy
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Blind-deaf women
Subject:
Keller, Helen
Subject:
Deafblind women - United States
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19991231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
65 halftones
Pages:
414
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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