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release date: Sep 18, 1996
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The Story of My Life
When she was 19 months old, Helen Keller (1880–1968) suffered a severe illness that left her blind and deaf. Not long after, she also became mute. Her tenacious struggle to overcome these handicaps-with the help of her inspired teacher, Anne Sullivan-is one of the great stories of human courage and dedication. In this classic autobiography, first published in 1903, Miss Keller recounts the first 22 years of her life, including the magical moment at the water pump when, recognizing the connection between the word "water" and the cold liquid flowing over her hand, she realized that objects had names. Subsequent experiences were equally noteworthy: her joy at eventually learning to speak, her friendships with Oliver Wendell Holmes, Edward Everett Hale and other notables, her education at Radcliffe (from which she graduated cum laude), and-underlying all-her extraordinary relationship with Miss Sullivan, who showed a remarkable genius for communicating with her eager and quick-to-learn pupil. These and many other aspects of Helen Keller's life are presented here in clear, straightforward prose full of wonderful descriptions and imagery that would do credit to a sighted writer. Completely devoid of self-pity, yet full of love and compassion for others, this deeply moving memoir offers an unforgettable portrait of one of the outstanding women of the twentieth century.
release date: May 08, 2015
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The Story of My Life
The Story of My Life, first published in 1903, is Helen Keller's autobiography detailing her early life, especially her experiences with Anne Sullivan. Portions of it were adapted by William Gibson for a 1957 Playhouse 90 production, a 1959 Broadway play, a 1962 Hollywood feature film, and the Indian film "Black", which was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The book is dedicated to inventor Alexander Graham Bell. The dedication reads, "To ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL Who has taught the deaf to speak and enabled the listening ear to hear speech from the Atlantic to the Rockies, I dedicate this Story of My Life."
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release date: Dec 17, 2009
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The World I Live In and Optimism: A Collection of Essays (Dover Books on Literature & Drama)
These poetic, inspiring essays offer insights into the world of a gifted woman who was deaf and blind. Helen Keller relates her impressions of life's beauty and promise, perceived through the sensations of touch, smell, and vibration, together with the workings of a powerful imagination. 
The World I Live In comprises fifteen essays and a poem, "A Chant of Darkness," all of which originally appeared in The Century Magazine.  These brief articles include "The Seeing Hand," "The Hands of Others," "The Power of Touch," "The Finer Vibrations," "Smell, the Fallen Angel" "Inward Visions," and other essays. "Optimism," written while Keller was a college student, offers eloquent observations on acquiring and maintaining a sense of happiness. These essays reflect the author's remarkable achievements, as expressed in her honorary degree from Harvard, the first ever granted to a woman: "From a still, dark world she has brought us light and sound; our lives are richer for her faith and her example."
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release date: Jan 01, 2000
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One of Time's women of the century, Helen Keller, reveals her mystical side in this best-selling spiritual autobiography. Writing that her first reading of Emanuel Swedenborg at age fourteen gave her truths that were "to my faculties what light, color and music are to the eye and ear," she explains how Swedenborg's works sustained her throughout her life.

This new edition includes a foreword by Dorothy Herrmann, author of the acclaimed Helen Keller: A Life, and a new chapter, "Epilogue: My Luminous Universe."

release date: Aug 28, 2016
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The Story of My Life; With Her Letters (1887-1901) and a Supplementary Account of Her Education, Including Passages from the Reports and Letters of Her Teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan

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release date: Sep 20, 2017
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In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from hundreds of letters, diary entries and original sources, Jonathan Kis-Lev tells the fascinating, untold story of the mentorship and friendship between Annie Sullivan and her pupil Helen Keller.
While blindness and deafness, financial strains, a failed love affair and inner struggles threaten to shape their world, the two women choose to redefine love and friendship, and subsequently to shape the history of education.

“A triumphant, controversial, and fascinating plunge into a mentor-mentee relationship . . . Irresistible.”—THE REVIEWER

“Gorgeous . . . Moves with the pace of a thriller.”—THIS WEEK

BOOK EXCERPT (printed with permission):

"Annie sat down by her desk, pulled out the ink bottle and the pen, and began writing. She was excited.

“To: Mrs. Hopkins,
March 5th, 1888
My dear Mrs. Hopkins,
Yesterday it was a year since I arrived in Alabama. A year! Can you believe it? Oh, Mrs. Hopkins! How forlorn and weary I was, nobody, not even you can imagine! I remember how the conductor on the train tried to comfort me. He noticed that I cried a great deal, and he did his best to cheer me.
I remember getting off the train and meeting Mrs. Keller in the carriage. When she spoke, a great weight rolled off my heart, there was such sweetness and refinement in her voice! It is a wonder how much of one's character and disposition is revealed in one's voice. There is no doubt in my mind that the voice is a truer index to character than the face. We learn to control the expression of our features; but very few ever succeed in controlling their voices.
I remember arriving at the house and seeing Helen for the first time. How disappointed I was when the untamed little creature stubbornly refused to kiss me and struggled frantically to free herself from my embrace! She touched my bag and tried to open it, searching for food. When her mother took her away from my bag Helen began to kick violently. This was my introduction to that bit of my life. I need not tell you, dear, that this has been a hard year; but I do not forget the many pleasant moments in it.
Many times I have lost my patience and courage; but I have found that one difficult task accomplished makes the next easier.
These days nearly every mail brings some article in it about Helen. We even received (I’m not sure if I can tell you that, so keep it a secret for now) an invitation from the secretary of the White House, informing us that President Cleveland had read about Helen and wishes to meet her AND her teacher! Could you believe it?!
Oh, Mrs. Hopkins, it is a blessed thing to know that there is someone who rejoices with us when we are glad, and who takes pride in our achievements from afar. Until I met you, Mrs. Hopkins, I never loved anyone, except my little brother Jimmie. I have always felt that the one thing needful to happiness is love. To have a friend is to have one of the sweetest gifts that life can bring, and my heart sings for joy now, for I have both you and Helen as my dear friends.
Yours with love,

“A compelling, page-turning narrative . . . Re-examines history from a fresh, psychological point of view.” —THE SENDER REPORT

“Painstakingly researched, beautifully hewn, compulsively readable . . . Not to be missed.” —DER TAG

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release date: Jul 14, 2020
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release date: Feb 01, 2017
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The Story of My Life: with Her Letters (1887-1901) and a Supplementary Account
American author, political activist, and lecturer, Helen Keller was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Born in 1880 she fell ill at an early age with an illness, possibly scarlet fever or meningitis, which did not last very long yet unfortunately left her both deaf and blind. When Helen was six years old her mother, having been inspired by an account in Charles Dickens’s “American Notes” of the successful education of another deaf and blind woman, sought the assistance of the “Perkins Institute for the Blind” for help in getting Helen to deal with her handicap and receive an education. The Institute asked former student Anne Sullivan, herself visually impaired, to become Keller’s instructor. Dramatically depicted in numerous award-winning productions of both screen and stage, “The Story of My Life” is Helen Keller’s autobiography, the tale of a young woman’s struggle to deal with and overcome a great physical handicap. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper and includes a selection of Helen’s letters and a supplementary account of her education, including passages from the reports and letters of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, by John Albert Macy.
release date: Mar 14, 2007
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My Religion

Helen Keller had absolutely no hearing or eyesight from the age of two, but became one of the most inspiring and well known people to have ever lived. For a number of years she functioned, in her words, simply as "an unconscious clod of earth." Then quite suddenly, she experienced the impact of "another mind" within her own. Despite not knowing where it came from or how it got there, she awoke to a new awareness of being able to talk and listen with her hands. She learned to read and write, wrote at least ten books, and attended college. Her religion developed from living deeply within her spiritual self, cut off from normal sensation, and spending her life on a spiritual plane. She incorporated her own experiences with the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, a mystic born in 1688, and the Swedenborgian Church. Swedenborg, like Keller, had experienced other realms of spirit and transmitted deeper teachings that Helen saw with great clarity. She wrote this book after receiving many requests for her to describe her religious beliefs.

release date: Jul 02, 2015
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UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies: Law and Legitimacy (Studies on Human Rights Conventions)
The effective implementation of human rights treaty obligations in national law is subject to increasing attention. The main responsibility for the international monitoring of national implementation at the global level is entrusted to the UN human rights treaty bodies. These bodies are established by the respective human rights conventions and are composed of independent experts. This book examines three aspects of these bodies: the legal aspects of their structure, functions and decisions; their effectiveness in ensuring respect for human rights obligations; and the legitimacy of these bodies and their decisions. Containing contributions from a variety of eminent legal experts, including present and former members of the treaty bodies, the analysis should be read in light of the ongoing effort to strengthen treaty bodies under the auspices of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and with the involvement of relevant stakeholders.
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