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Helen and Teacher: The Story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan Macy

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At the heart of this wonderful biography is the relationship between two great American women whose lives were bound together for all time. Joseph P. Lash, author of Eleanor and Franklin, follows this gifted, passionate, and humanly flawed pair for 100 years, from Annie’s childhood in an almshouse in the 1860s, through decades of international fame, to Helen’s death in 196 ...more
Paperback, 832 pages
Published April 2nd 1997 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 1980)
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Edy
Helen Keller is a well-known historical figure. I knew a little about her--born sighted and hearing--illness left her blind, deaf, and mute. Enter Anne Sullivan--the miracle worker. Result, Helen blossoms. Oh, but there is so much more to know. This book presents the complexities of Helen including her politics, her fame, her indefatigable work for the all who suffer, and the symbiotic relationship with Anne Sulllivan. This book is so rich and wonderful and worth the effort to read its 786 pages ...more
Karyl
I really wanted to enjoy this book. I picked it up years ago at a used book store in Washington state, and when I saw it on my shelf last month I decided it was time to read it. It has taken me 22 days to finish this book. Granted, it's almost 800 pages long, but it shouldn't take quite that long to finish.

The first few chapters were really amazing. I had no idea that Anne Sullivan (aka, Teacher) came from such dire straits, or even that she was visually impaired herself. I devoured all the intr
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Ann
I read this book a couple years ago. It is truly two biographies in one ... with the author very successfully weaving the two together to help us discover the complexities of the releationship between Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. He does not skip over their borderline pathological dependency issues ... while at the same time celebrates the remarkable gifts that make these women two of the most interesting women of the 20th century. This is a wonderfully enlightening book for all who want to ...more
Stephanie
*gasping* Such a long book. An amazingly long book, in tiny-tiny print. 820 pages, with maybe about 120 pages' worth of interesting information. The rest ... well, Helen Keller was really into politics and philosophy and travel ... and this biographer was really into dry details.

I mean, my understanding is that, at a certain point in her life, Helen Keller had her real eyes replaced with glass ones. Did this book mention that interesting fact in 820 pages? Nope. But it managed to talk about her
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Angelina C.
I really love how this book shows the compassion Anne Sullivan had for teaching and caring about Helen Keller, despite Helen's hardship of not having the capability to see. I also loved how Helen Keller was so determined about education. She barely had any doubt that her eye infection would get in the way of her learning. This book can encourage anyone about setting and achieving goals that may seem complicated to them.
Graceann
Dec 01, 2007 Graceann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Biography Fans
Shelves: biography
Joseph Lash goes far beyond the legend of the water pump into the complex lives of these two dynamic women. Neither Helen nor Anne were saints; they were flesh-and-blood women with neuroses and frustrations, and Lash delves into these thoroughly, and yet with sensitivity.
Caleb Mason
Terrific history of the story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan capturing the time period in Boston and America. Will inspire all who are feeling oppressed by life. And you will learn a good deal about American history and arts during that formative time period.
Elvis
Aug 10, 2007 Elvis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of the 19th century!
I kinda love this book, hardcore.

The writing is so fabulous, for nonfiction... a really easy, close and thoughtful look at the relationship btwn Helen Keller & her teacher, Annie Sullivan.

Awesome.

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Sheila
A biography about the lives of Helen Keller, her "teacher" Anne Sullivan, Polly Thomson, and all the others in Helen's life.
Chelle
Long, but fascniating. Very interesting to me all the "famous" folks that crossed paths with her.
Karen
I've meant to read this for years and never got around to it. Quintessential biography.
Dante
Currently Reading. I love NON-FICTION.
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Joseph P. Lash (1909–1987) was secretary and confidant to Eleanor Roosevelt and the author of numerous acclaimed books.
More about Joseph P. Lash...
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