The 'description of place' also refers to the setting in a book.
Helen Keller was born in 1880 when women's rights were seriously inadequate and certainly the rights of the disabled were almost non-existent. Disabled persons were misunderstood and physically impaired people were treated as if they had compromised mental faculties as well. This serves to make the Story of My Life by Helen Keller an even more remarkable account of her life.
This autobiography ensures that the reader can appreciate the struggles but ultimately the successes of a disabled person and that anything is possible. Some readers have been critical about how the book focuses on how Helen overcomes society's prejudices rather than concentrating on her "differences" something Helen fought vehemently to protect - her right to be normal and experience the same thing as any other person, within her abilities.
The Story of my Life starts before Helen's illness when she is like any baby exploring the world. Helen wrote the book whilst studying at Radcliffe College and so her first 22 years of her life are covered. Helen lived in Alabama, attended Perkin's Institute for the Blind and qualified for entry into Radcliffe College with the inspiring assistance of Ann Sullivan, her teacher, her parents and other mentors, including Alexander Graham Bell.