The Story of My Life

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The Story of My Life by: Helen Keller
I. INTRODUCTION Helen Keller overcame different difficult obstacles of deafness and blindness to become an influential lecturer and social activist. She has become, in American culture, an icon of perseverance, respected and honored by readers, historians, and activists. Helen began working on The Story of My Life while she was a student at Radcliffe College, and it was first published in installments in Ladies’ Home Journal. Helping her was an editor and Harvard professor named John Albert Macy, who later married her first teacher and lifelong companion, Anne Sullivan. In the book Helen recounts the first twenty-two years of her life, from the events of the illness in her early childhood
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Anagnos, the director of the Perkins Institution and her good friend. He loved the story and published it in one of his newsletters. When it was discovered that a very similar story had already been published, Mr. Anagnos expressed doubt but was reassured by Helen that the story was original. Although he believed her at first, he was eventually convinced that Helen had tricked him, and their friendship came to an end. When she realized that she had accidentally copied the story. She truly thought she had created it, but she already read the other story before writing her own and she felt deeply sorry. The experience made her question every idea she had, wondering if it was really her own or one that she had read and forgotten.

In 1893, Helen visited Niagara Falls, which filled her with wonder by its thundering roar. (Helen could feel the vibrations made by the falls.) That summer, she and Anne visited Bell, who was with them to the World’s Fair. She was allowed to touch many of the items in the exhibits, and she was very happy by having India, Egypt, and Peru come to life for her. In addition, Bell used some of the exhibits to explain scientific principles to her.

Chapters 16–20

Helen continued her studies and her speech practice, both on her own and with Anne. While visiting her friends, she met Mr. Irons, a Latin scholar who took her as a student. In 1894, she attended

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