The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
The Story of My Life, a remarkable account of overcoming the debilitating challenges of being both deaf and blind, has become an international classic, making Helen Keller one of the most well-known, inspirational figures in history.
Helen Keller’s story of struggle and achievement is one of unquenchable hope. From tales of her difficult early days, to details of her relationship with her beloved teacher Anne Sullivan, to her impressions of academic life, Keller’s honest, straightforward writing lends insight into an amazing mind. Like the original, this centenary edition of The Story of My Life includes letters Keller wrote to friends throughout her childhood and adolescence that chronicle her intellectual and sensory progression, as well as assistant John Macy’s commentary on her interpretations of her surroundings.
Why is it influential?
When I became a teenager my cardiologist suggested that I read her memoir. I was struggling with the fact that I was disabled and different; the realisation that I may have a challenging time in life. I was going to have a totally different way of doing things. Also because of my disability; I may have a harder time getting a job, can work less hours and have to work a little harder to maintain my health. This book made me realise that although it may be a different way of doing stuff, nothing is impossible.