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Beyond the Miracle Worker: The Remarkable Life of Anne Sullivan Macy and Her Extraordinary Friendship with Helen Keller

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After many years, historian and Helen Keller expert Kim Nielsen realized that she, along with other historians and biographers, had failed Anne Sullivan Macy. While Macy is remembered primarily as Helen Keller's teacher and mythologized as a straightforward educational superhero, the real story of this brilliant, complex, and misunderstood woman, who described herself as a "badly constructed human being," has never been completely told.

Beyond the Miracle Worker, the first biography of Macy in nearly fifty years, complicates the typical Helen-Annie "feel good" narrative in surprising ways. By telling the life from Macy's perspective-not Keller's-the biography is the first to put Macy squarely at the center of the story. It presents a new and fascinating tale about a wounded but determined woman and her quest for a successful, meaningful life.

Born in 1866 to poverty-stricken Irish immigrants, the parentless and deserted Macy suffered part of her childhood in the Massachusetts State Almshouse at Tewksbury. Seeking escape, in love with literature, and profoundly stubborn, she successfully fought to gain an education at the Perkins School for the Blind.

As an adult, Macy taught Keller, helping the girl realize her immense potential, and Macy's intimate friendship with Keller remained powerful throughout their lives. Yet as Macy floundered with her own blindness, ill health, and depression, as well as a tumultuous and triangulated marriage, she came to lean on her former student, emotionally, physically, and economically.

Based on privately held primary source material, including materials at both the American Foundation for the Blind and the Perkins School for the Blind, Beyond the Miracle Worker is revelatory and absorbing, unraveling one of the best known-and least understood-friendships of the twentieth century.

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Biographers had shortchanged Anne Sullivan Macy, a woman remembered primarily as a miracle worker. Kim E. Nielsens biography, the first to focus on Macy in nearly fifty years, tells Macys life as her story—not Kellers—presenting a new, gripping tale about a wounded yet determined woman and her quest for a successful and meaningful life.

About the Author

The author of three books, including two on Helen Keller, Kim E. Nielsen is a professor of history and womens studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She lives in Green Bay.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Feeding Hills

 

Chapter 2

Tewksbury Almshouse

 

Chapter 3

Perkins, 1880-1885: Part One

 

Chapter 4

Perkins, 1880-1886: Part Two

 

Chapter 5

Becoming a Teacher

 

Chapter 6

Tuscumbia, 1888-1891

 

Chapter 7

The Battle for Helen, Round 1, 1891-1984

 

Chapter 8

The Battle for Helen, Round 2, 1894-1900

 

Chapter 9

Radcliffe, 1900-1904

 

Chapter 10

John, 1904-1914

 

Chapter 11

On the Road, 1914-1924

 

Chapter 12

The American Foundation for the Blind, 1924-1930

 

Chapter 13

Concluding, 1930-1936

 

Conclusion

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807050507
Author:
Nielsen, Kim E
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Author:
Nielsen, Kim E.
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Educators
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x .9 in 1.05 lb

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