The World I Live In and Optimism by Helen Keller
A Collection of Essays (Dover Books on Literature & Drama)

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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."
 

About Helen Keller

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Helen Adams Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, in 1880. As the result of an illness she was deaf and blind from the age of 19 months. In 1887 her learning began with her teacher Anne Mansfield Sullivan, and at the age of 19 she entered Radcliffe College, graduating in 1904. A well-known lecturer and writer, she published her autobiography, The Story of My Life, in 1902. Her other works include Optimism (1903), The World I Live In (1908), and The Song of the Stone Wall (1910). Keller died in Westport, Connecticut, in 1968.
 
Published March 8, 2012 by Dover Publications. 128 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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