"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)
About the Author
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)