Helen Keller

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Helen Adams Keller "was born on 27 June 1880 in Tuscumbia, a small rural town in Northwest Alabama, USA. The daughter of Captain Arthur Henley Keller and Kate Adams Keller she was born with full sight and hearing...

"Helen moved on to the Cambridge School for Young Ladies in 1896 and in the Autumn of 1900 entered Radcliffe College, becoming the first deafblind person to have ever enrolled at an institution of higher learning.

"Life at Radcliffe was very difficult for Helen and Anne, and the huge amount of work involved led to deterioration in Anne's eyesight. During their time at the College Helen began to write about her life. She would write the story both in braille and on a normal typewriter. It was at this time that Helen and Anne met with John Albert Macy who was to help edit Helen's first book "The Story of My Life" which was published in 1903 and although it sold poorly at first it has since become a classic.

"On 28 June 1904 Helen graduated from Radcliffe College, becoming the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. " [1]

See Marxist Helen Keller Reference Archive.

In 1913 she published Out of the Dark, a series of essays on socialism.


  • Helen Keller with Anne Sullivan and John A. Macy, The Story of My Life (New York, NY: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1903).
  • Joseph P. Lash, Helen and Teacher: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy (New York, NY: Delacorte Press, 1980).
  • Dorothy Herrmann, Helen Keller: A Life (New York, NY: Knopf, 1998).


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  1. Helen and her family, RNIB, accessed May 11, 2010.