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In his bestselling novel Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes created an unlikely duo--a laboratory mouse and a man--who captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world. Now, in Algernon, Charlie, and I, Keyes reveals his methods of creating fiction as well as the heartbreaks and joys of being published. For the first time, readers, writers, teachers, and students can glimpse the creative life behind this cherished novel.
Including the original novelette version of Flowers for Algernon
"An insightful first-person account of the difficulties and joys of the writing life, and . . . one of the most useful writers' manuals to be published in a long time. " --School Library Journal
Daniel Keyes, the author of eight books, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brooklyn College. Professor emeritus at Ohio University, he lives in Boca Raton, Florida.
In Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes created an unlikely duo-a laboratory mouse and a man-who captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world. Now, in Algernon, Charlie, and I, Keyes reveals his methods of creating fiction as well as the heartbreaks and joys of being published. With admirable insight he shares with readers, writers, teachers, and students the creative life behind his classic novel, included here in its original short-story form.
All those who love stories, storytelling, and the remarkable characters of Charlie and Algernon will delight in accompanying their creator on this inspirational voyage of discovery.
About the Author
Daniel Keyes (1927 - 2014) was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brooklyn College. He was the author of eight books, including the classic Flowers for Algernon, first published in 1966, which would go on to sell more than five million copies and inspire the Oscar-winning film Charly. He also worked as a merchant seaman, a fiction editor, a high school teacher, and as a university professor at Ohio University, where he was honored at Professor Emeritus in 2000. He won the Hugo and Nebula awards for his work and was chosen as an Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2000.
Table of Contents
PART ONE THE MAZE OF TIME
1 My Writing Cellar
2 The White Mouse
3 Second Acting
4 Breaking Dishes
5 I Become Ship's Doctor
PART TWO FROM SHIP TO SHRINK
7 The Boy on Book Mountain
8 Silence of the Psychoanalysts
9 First Published Stories
10 Editing Pulps and Writing Comic Books
PART THREE MIND OVER MATTER
11 Looking for Charlie
12 Charlie Finds Me
13 Getting There
14 Rejection and Acceptance
PART FOUR THE ALCHEMY OF WRITING
15 Transformations: From Story to Teleplay to Novel
16 Rejected Again
17 Of Love and Endings
18 We Find a Home
PART FIVE POST-PUBLICATION BLUES
19 "Don't Hide Your Light Under a Bushel"
20 When Are Writers Like Saints?
21 Charly Goes Hollywood
22 Broadway Bound
23 And Then What Happened?
Afterword: My "What Would Happen If...?" Is Happening
FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON
Complete original novelette version