Author, lecturer, political activist. Born– June 27, 1880, Tuscumbia, Ala. Parents– Arthur H. and Kate (Adams) Keller. Early illness deprived her of sight and hearing before the age of two. Education– Tutored by Anne Sullivan Macy through childhood; attended the Perkins Institute for the Blind, Boston, 1888-94; Wright-Humason School and Horace Mann School, New York, 1894-96; Cambridge  School for Young Ladies, 1896-1900;  Radcliffe College, A.B., 1904 (the first deaf-blind person awarded a B.A. in the US).   Worked as an advocate for various political causes and for the deaf, blind, and mute; published poems and essays in various periodicals and lectured extensively.  Member/supporter of the American Federation for the Blind, Helen Keller International, and the American Civil Liberties Union.  Received many honors and awards, including the LL. D. from Glasgow University in 1932, Litt. D. from Harvard in 1955; the French Legion of  Honor, 1952, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964 (by President Lyndon B. Johnson).  Died June 1, 1968.


Longman’s Companion to Twentieth Century Literature; Who Was Who Among North American Authors, 1921-1939; Contemporary Authors online.


Helen Keller; Her Socialist Years, Writings and Speeches. New York; International Publishers, 1967.

Helen Keller in Scotland. New York; Methuen, 1933.

Helen Keller’s Journal, 1936-1937. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, Doran, 1938.

If I Had Three Days to See. S.l.; s.n., 1934.

Let Us Have Faith. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, Doran, 1940.

Midstream, My Later Life. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1929.

My Religion. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, Page & Co., 1927.

The Open Door. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1957.

Optimism; an Essay. New York; Crowell, 1903. (Reprinted as My Key of Life, Optimism and also as The Practice of Optimism.)

Out of the Dark; Essays, Letters & Addresses …. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, Page, 1927.

Peace at Eventide. New York; Methuen, 1932.

The Song of the Stone Wall. London; Century Co., 1910.

The Story of My Life. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, Page & Co., 1903.

Teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy; a Tribute by the Foster Child of Her Mind. Garden City, N.Y.; Doubleday, 1955.

To Love this Life:  Quotations.  New York, AFB Press, 2000.

The World I Live In. New York; Century Co., 1908.


The Deliverer of Helen Keller; Anne Sullivan Macy. London; Frederick Mueller, 1934.


A Challenge to Darkness; The Life Story of J. Georges Scapini.  Translated, with an introduction, by Helen Keller. Garden City, N. Y.:  Doubleday, 1929.


 The papers of Helen Keller are held at the American Foundation for The Blind in New York City.