Helen Keller's Midstream: My Later Life; With a Full Page Inscription by Her
Midstream: My Later Life.
Item Number: 99769
Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1929.
Early printing of Keller’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper with a full page inscription, “To My dear friend Mr. Frederick Taylor, In feeble acknowledgment of the pleasure his beautiful and generous letters- so silently received- have given me. With warm greetings and every good wish, from Helen Keller December 1929.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Foreword by Nella Braddy.
Helen Keller was an author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker. Her birthplace in West Tuscumbia, Alabama, is now a museum and sponsors an annual "Helen Keller Day". Her birthday on June 27 is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and was authorized at the federal level by presidential proclamation by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, the 100th anniversary of her birth.