“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller
From a small town of Tuscumia, Alabama the deaf and blind girl, Helen Keller amazed the world with her extraordinary courage and will to fight against her so called fate. The life of the miracle woman is an inspiration and will remain an inspiration for all generations. Till human beings are alive, her stories of undying spirit will be read and told.
Helen Adams Keller was born healthy on June 27, 1880. It was later, at the age of 19 months; she suffered from some unknown disease which left her blind and deaf for life. As she grew up, she became very unruly and wild. It was after she met Anne Sullivan, things changed. Sullivan started teaching manual signing with her hand and also by spelling words with the hand and touching the object with the other hand. She was hoping that by this way Keller will be able connect letters with objects. At the age of 10, when Helen wanted to learn to speak, Anne took her to Sarah Fuller at Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Boston. She was never in her life satisfied with her speaking skills though.
In 1898, Keller joined the Cambridge School for Young Ladies. She took preparations to take admission in Radcliffe College. In 1900, she joined Radcliffe College and 1904 received her Bachelor of Arts degree. She became the first blind and deaf person to do so. She started writing during her college days itself. In 1903, her autobiography The Story of My Life was published which was translated in fifty languages. Many of her works got published, like, Optimism, The Song of The Stone Wall, Midstream: My Later Life, Teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy Let Us Have Faith etc. She wrote regularly in newspapers and magazines.
Her popularity all over the world was not only as an author but also as a speaker. She spent a great part of her life trying to improve the conditions of the blind people and people with other disabilities. She gave lectures in five major continents, in more than twenty five countries. He also became friends with famous personalities like, Charlie Chaplin, Alexander Graham Bell and Mark Twain. She became a well known socialist as well. She was a member of a Socialist group and she also joined Industrial Workers of the World.
Anne Sullivan was her constant companion but gradually her health declined and she died in the year 1936. After her death, Polly Thomson became a constant companion of Keller. In 1960, Keller suffered a stroke. She started living quietly soon after that. The last major public appearance was in Washington D.C in 1961. In 1968, she passed away in her sleep but her stories made her immortal.Till date, her autobiography is one of the most inspiring books in the world. Her life was portrayed in the form of movies, several times. She herself appeared in a silent film named Deliverance. There were documentaries on her. In a cycle of dramatic works her life was shown in The Miracle Worker and many others. The Bollywood film, Black also represents her life story.
(FAN OF Ms. HELEN ADAMS KELLER)
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