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The Resource Helen Keller : a life, Dorothy Herrmann

Helen Keller : a life, Dorothy Herrmann

Label
Helen Keller : a life
Title
Helen Keller
Title remainder
a life
Statement of responsibility
Dorothy Herrmann
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Dorothy Herrmann's biography of Helen Keller takes us through Helen's long, eventful life, a life that would have crushed a woman less stoic and adaptable - and less protected. She was either venerated as a saint or damned as a fraud. And one of the most persistent controversies surrounding her had to do with her relationship to the fiercely devoted Annie, through whom she largely expressed herself. Dorothy Herrmann explores these questions: Was Annie Sullivan a "miracle worker" or a domineering, emotionally troubled woman who shrewdly realized that making a deaf-blind girl of average intelligence appear extraordinary was her ticket to fame and fortune? Was she merely an instrument through which Helen's "brilliance" could manifest itself? Or was Annie herself the genius, the exceptionally gifted and sensitive one? Herrmann describes the nature of Helen's strange, sensorily deprived world. (Was it a black and silent tomb?) And she shows how Helen was so cheerful about her disabilities, often appearing in public as the soul of radiance and altruism. (Was it Helen's real self that emerged at age seven, when she was transformed by language from a savage, animal-like creature into a human being? Or was it a false persona manufactured by the driven Annie Sullivan?). Dorothy Herrmann tells why, despite her romantic involvements, Helen was never permitted to marry. She shows us the woman who, to communicate with the outside world, relied totally on those who knew the manual finger language. For almost her entire life, these people, some of whom were jealous or dogmatic, were the key to Helen's world
Summary
Draws on the archives of Helen Keller's estate and the unpublished memoirs of Keller's teacher, Annie Sullivan, to trace Keller's transformation from a furious girl to a world-renowned figure
Biography type
individual biography
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223053
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 362.4/1/092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV1624.K4
LC item number
H47 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
Label
Helen Keller : a life, Dorothy Herrmann
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 375-378) and index
Control code
186587
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 394 p.
Isbn
9780679443544
Lccn
98014556
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm38527933
  • (OCoLC)38527933
Label
Helen Keller : a life, Dorothy Herrmann
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 375-378) and index
Control code
186587
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 394 p.
Isbn
9780679443544
Lccn
98014556
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm38527933
  • (OCoLC)38527933

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