At a glance:
- Author: William Gibson
- First Published: 1957
- Type of Work: Play
- Type of Plot: Psychological realism
- Time of Work: The 1880’s
- Setting: Tuscumbia, Alabama, and Boston, Massachusetts
- Genres: Social realism, Drama, Psychological drama, Biographical drama
- Subjects: Teaching or teachers, Children, Self-discovery, Parents and children, Nineteenth century, Blindness or blind persons, Alabama, Deafness or hearing-impaired persons, Universal language
- Locales: United States, Alabama, Massachusetts, North America, Boston, Massachusetts, Tuscumbia, Alabama
Annie Sullivan, the teacher of the deaf and blind child Helen Keller. Annie, herself blind during her childhood years, comes to the Keller household at the age of twenty to attempt to teach language to seven-year-old Helen. Her brash self-confidence is a pose covering her deep fear of possible failure in her first position. The clashes of wills between herself and Helen and between herself and the child’s father pique her Irish temper enough to help her through the difficult first months as she attempts merely to discipline Helen...
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