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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics (15 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590170679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590170670
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,345,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Roger Shattuck's striking new edition of "The World I Live In", a sparkling work too long obscured, renews Helen Keller for all generations--for the steadfast admirers of her art, and particularly for readers not yet acquainted with the sightless genius who taught the world the majesty of her insight. "The World I Live In" brings us intimately close, in her own valiant words, to the mind of a woman for whom language was life."-- Cynthia Ozick"While Helen Keller is better known for "The Story of My Life", her later book, "The World I Live In", is a warmer, more intimate and more beautiful work, one in which we encounter Helen Keller's remarkable imagination, her originality, and her power as a literary artist. She comes alive here, vividly and idiosyncratically, more than in any other of her writings."-- Oliver Sacks"An astounding account, enhanced further by Roger Shattuck's excellent introduction in which he explores the implications of her experience."-- "The Observer""An affirmation of the fact that real miracles are the product of human endeavour and inspiration"-- "Times Educational Supplement" (London)

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Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. At nineteen months, she suffered from a mysterious illness, perhaps scarlet fever, that left her deaf and blind. When Helen was five, Anne Sullivan was engaged as her teacher. Their relationship and the legendary strides made as a result of it, particularly Helen's acquisition of language, are the subject of The Story of My Life. A devoted member of the Socialist Party and a tireless advocate for the blind, Helen spent her adult life fundraising and lecturing all over the world. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964.

Roger Shattuck is the author of Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography. He has most recently edited new editions of two books by Helen Keller. He is University Professor Emeritus at Boston University. (May 2005)

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By MS AY on 27 Sep 2013
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Thank you. Very good value little book. Arrived much quicker than expected. It feels a bit old fashioned which is nice as it was written at the turn of the last century!
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Wonderfully touching 5 Nov 2004
By D. Boyken - Published on Amazon.com
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What beautiful writing! It's pointed out in the intro that, more than most of us, her world was shaped with WORDS. I've only read about four essays so far, and am profoundly touched. I've always admired Helen Keller, but am newly re-impressed with her wisdom and vision, and touched that she can write so clearly as to make me feel how little she felt limited by her handicap. If Helen Keller had simply learned to behave and ask politely for her food, etc, it would have been an impressive accomplishment. The fact that she grew to fully embrace her intelligence, her world and her potential . . . wow. I know so many people who are content to just do the bare minimum, to not stretch their limits at all, to not show any intellectual curiosity . . . she had the perfect excuse to exert the least effort, yet she didn't. Once she was given the key, the entree to humanity, she didn't let her handicaps stop her. I love that even all these years later, she is still able to share that.
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Amazing book 22 Jan 2012
By TheReader - Published on Amazon.com
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Simply amazing book. I could not put it away.

She provides an insight on how she perceives the world. She is truly an inspiration.
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Very enjoyable 4 April 2012
By carollee - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy reading about Helen Keller and found this book very interesting and enjoyable. My 9-year-old granddaughter also wanted to read this. Once she started she didn't want to stop.
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Hellen Keller was an amazing person 26 April 2011
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This book was impressively deep and gave awesome insight into the world Hellen Keller lived in and her views and thoughts of life and the world that was unseen but not unknown to her
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Her world without sight and sound. 26 Mar 2007
By Gary W. Shields - Published on Amazon.com
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She tries to help you understand the reality of her life. It is much more than you can imagine.
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