The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life

Book - 1954
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Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1954
Branch Call Number: JB KELLER
Characteristics: 382 p. : illus., ports. ; 22 cm


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May 22, 2019

The real-life story of American author, activist, and lecturer, Helen Keller is (among other things) a powerful tale of strength, determination, and courage.

At the very young age of just 19 months, Keller contracted scarlet fever and this serious illness left her permanently deaf and blind for the remainder of her natural life.

Though she was greatly handicapped by her disabilities, Keller learned to live with them and, with that, she strove to lead a life that offered her the greatest personal fulfillment possible.

*Note* - In 1968 - Helen Keller (87 at the time) died of a stroke.

Jul 13, 2018

Helen Keller's - "The Story of My Life" is a thoughtful book of real-life experiences. In this book Keller speaks often of hope and optimism and of learning to live with one's disabilities.

Written in 1903 (when Keller was just 22) - This book gives the reader an insider's perspective on growing up with the challenge of being one who is both deaf and blind.

Keller was less than 2 years old when she completely lost the ability to both see and hear. In this book of reflection, Keller talks openly about her companion and teacher, Anne Sullivan who had worked closely with her since she was the age of 7.

*Note* - In 1968 - Helen Keller (87 at the time) died of a stroke while in her sleep.

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.

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.

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

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.

Nov 08, 2007

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


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