The Story of My Life with Her Letters (1887-1901) & a Supplementary Account of Her Education Including Passages from the Reports & Letters of Her Teacher Anne Mansfield Sullivan by John Albert Macy
- Title: The Story of My Life with Her Letters (1887-1901) & a Supplementary Account of Her Education Including Passages from the Reports & Letters of Her Teacher Anne Mansfield Sullivan by John Albert Macy
- Author: Helen Keller
- ISBN: 9781406923261
- Page: 281
- Format: Paperback
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Ms. Keller's autobiography (the first part of this book) was wordy and sometimes tedious to read (lists of her favorite literature, lists of people who have helped or influenced her). However, her account of her childhood was interesting. Most fascinating though were the letters written by her, as her skill with language developed, and written about her by Ms. Sullivan. Anne Sullivan was a teacher to be admired. Her methods should be studied and considered by every person who finds themselves gu [...]
I didn't get to finish all the extra material because someone had it on hold at the library, so I had to return it. Isn't that weird? Some of the reading was a little boring. But overall I enjoyed hearing her triumph. I especially enjoyed the entries by Anne Sullivan and seeing her love and dedication for Helen. I can't even imagine all they accomplished. I found this book inspiring- working hard amidst suffering and overcoming obstacles through education and love. A very interesting life!
I'm pretty sure this is the edition I read, although the binding is different.Though most people have read this book at some time in their lives, unless they get hold of an edition that explicitly explains why it was written, they won't probably realize that it was written to help finance her college education. Properly, it ought to be bound with her other autobiographical works from later periods, to give a better feel for a long-lived woman with a complex (and often controversial--her works we [...]
I'm sure that everyone has heard the story of Helen Keller, but this is a truly fascinating view into her life, and I don't throw around the word fascinating lightly. Helen herself gives a memoir of her life, including what she can remember from before her illness, and continuing up through her college and adult years. There are then several pages of letters, which in my edition were plain text but I have looked up the images online to see her handwriting. However, the best part of this book is [...]
This book includes The Story of My Life, followed by a collection of letters written by Helen Keller, then a collection of reports and letters written by Helen's teacher, Anne Sullivan. I found Anne's letters by far the most interesting part of the book. The letters and autobiography written by Helen herself give interesting insights into her mind, and she has accomplished amazing things, but Anne is able to give more insight into Helen's education and how she was able to accomplish amazing thin [...]
This book needs to be broken into 3 parts, the first being Helen Keller's account of her life up until college and her letters, the second being Anne Sullivan's letters regarding Helen's early education and the third being a rather lengthy editorial of an external view (John Macy's) of Helen and parts of her education, finally dwelling on a particular issue that occurred during her school years ("The Frost King", which gives nothing away, but should give enough detail to anyone who has read the [...]
Very interesting book. Today we focus on Helen Keller's disabilities and ignore the person. Contrary to popular conception she wasn't some sort of simpleton, but highly intelligent and opinionated. She was well spoken (yes she learned to speak), could write very well, and fluent in several languages. We also overlook the contribution her teacher made to education and how devoted Miss Sullivan was to Helen. Both were remarkable women.The book is in three parts: Her autobiography, a collection of [...]
I finished this book awhile ago when I was playing Annie Sullivan in THE MIRACLE WORKER. It was a lovely read. I think that we so often get Helen Keller's perspective, but there were some amazing letters that Anne Sullivan sent to her benefactress in Cape Cod that gave a very different perspective on Helen and how she worked with her. I openly laughed several times in the recounting of Helen's discoveries. One in particular still stands out, I'll paraphraseHelen was reading some Grimm's Fairy Ta [...]
A remarkable true story!Helen Keller’s writing has a very poetic and introspective quality to it. I really enjoyed hearing her voice. This story puts flesh and blood to a hero of almost mythical proportions. Her determination in the face of physical opposition was amazing and her humbleness in admitting trials and the occasional defeat honest. She has no sense of entitlement only gratitude, which is truly incredible to see. Reading this book puts into sharp relief what Miss Sullivan must have [...]
Incredible. This is one of my favorite reads. It is an enjoyable read, but it also gives me so much food for thought! I had to rethink all my previous assumptions about the human mind and what is innate/ what is learned. It seriously challenged a lot of arguments psychologists make for nature vs. nurture, and whether or not humans are born w/ certain natural instincts and behaviors.I would have to agree that Anne Sullivan's letters are one of the best parts of this book. Although Helen's writing [...]
The letters from Anne Sullivan were the most interesting part. That said, it's pretty amazing that Helen was able to accomplish all that she was while living deaf and blind. It's a good book to read if you want to understand that in general children are naughty because they are frustrated with their inability to communicate and/or not understanding choices and accountability. Without basic freedom that comes from that knowledge, one can feel insecure. Helen's behavior did a 180 once she was made [...]
This book was very interesting, especially at the beginning. Near the end, she started talking more about the people in her life, and I found that less interesting than what it's like to neither see nor hear and how she makes up for that. Plus, with the letters at the end and discussion of them, I felt like she was a specimen rather than a person. She seems to have had many interesting and varied experiences, leading me to believe that her family was rich, even though she never said so.
Ms. Keller led an impressive life despite her disabilities. While I take issue with her remembrance of her earliest years (simply because I don't know many people who have vivid memories of 18 mos. of age), it was refreshing to read her account of her life. This is quite different than what I was taught in grade-school.She became an accomplished woman, attending college and learning multiple languages. Quite inspiring!
Ok, so the book was written in the early 1900's. It was a bit slow to get through. I was facinated with Helen Keller's life, I never knew how much she accomplished. Quite amazing, she actually went to college, and became a national speaker (even though I'm wondering how well she could actually verbally speak!)
The life of Helen Keller was amazing. The things that she was able to accomplish in her life was phenomenal despite all the obstacles she faced. The reason I lowered the star score was because it repeated the same instance multiple times. Granted they were from different view points, but it still drug the storyline out.
By far the best section was the part when Annie Sullivan described her methods, which were brilliant, and sadly remained under-used today. All children should be educated by her precepts, and our level of literacy and creativity would be much improved.
Such a great book. Really made me think about how I would process the world if the only input I had was touch, smell, and the written word or what was told to me by others. And the utter frustration of not being able to communicate at all. She led such an incredible life.
I loved it. This is perhaps my favorite book. She lived the classical education. She is a great example to me.
No doubt that Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan where amazing women this book was not. Too flowery IMHO to be "real".
A rare story of frustration and final victory. May I never have to overcome so much. I'm glad that I finally got around to reading it. You should read it too.
Interesting to learn about her life and how she was able to get past the result of a childhood illness and live life to it's fullest.
This book shares what an extraordinary individual Hellen Keller was, and her life’s story needs to be told. She accomplished much more than many of us with full abilities could even dream of. There are so many lessons to be learned from her persistence, determination, and the training she received. I was amazed to learn that Hellen Keller grew up to be such an accomplished writer and avid reader. Here is one quote, out of one of her letters, that touched me so and caught me by surprise "I have [...]
This is a book which defies all stereotypes against all odds. I can't yet believe that a person so deprived of necessary senses can acquire so much in their lifetime. That proves again where there is a will, there is a way. Hellen Keller is an extraordinary woman with exceptional intelligence. I wonder would she be a genius had she had her eyes and hearing intact. But we may never know. Sometimes adversities bring out the best in a person which in prosperity they never care to look for. Her teac [...]
I thought I knew the story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan: Helen Keller was blind and deaf and her family could not control her unruliness so they sent for a teacher, Anne Sullivan, to help discipline Helen by teaching her how to communicate. Anne's techniques worked and Helen was able to contribute to society. Sound familiar? After reading this book, I found out that I REALLY DIDN'T KNOW Helen Keller and all her amazing achievements. I learned how brilliant she was and what a dy [...]
I have never really been able to comprehend how Helen Keller, blind and deaf, was able to learn and become so articulate she could write books. I decided to read about her life and I am still amazed at what she was able to accomplish. Along with English she also learned French, German, Greek and Latin. She writes beautifully and uses very colorful descriptions and then you realize she is still in a dark, silent world. Her story is so inspiring and uplifting though like all of us she had moments [...]
This book was amazing. Helen Keller must have been incredibly smart to learn like she did. Her tenacity in overcoming her limitations was impressive. She's truly an inspiration. I'd put this on a list of books you HAVE to read. The lessons we could all learn from her are so valuable.
An amazing life. One from which we can all learn.
I did not read the reprint, I read the one published in the 1910's! Belonged to my Great Aunt.
I am reading on my Kindle
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