Helen Keller's The Story of My Life; Warmly inscribed by her
The Story of My Life.
Item Number: 95118
Garden City: Doubleday, Dorian & Company, Inc, 1928.
Early printing of Keller’s autobiography of her early life, particularly detailing her relationship with Anne Sullivan. Octavo, original cloth, engraved frontispiece portrait of Keller after a photograph by Marshall. Presentation copy, inscribed by Helen Keller on the front free endpaper, “To Mrs. Hobbe with deep appreciation Sincerely Helen Keller June 1929.” Recipient’s bookplate to the pastedown. Additional bookplate from the Abbey of Regina Laudis Library. In near fine condition. Rare a desirable signed and inscribed by Keller.
Helen Keller became a well-traveled lecturer, activist, and prolific writer despite the rare illness she contracted at 19 months of age which left her both blind and deaf. Much of Keller's success was attributed to the 49-year relationship she had with governess and companion Anne Sullivan who initially taught Keller to communicate by spelling words into her hand. In 1904, at the age of 24, Keller graduated from Radcliffe College of Harvard University, becoming the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. She went on to become a world-famous speaker and author, best remembered for her work as an advocate for persons with disabilities, the deaf community, and women's suffrage.