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Helen Keller's The Story of My Life is an incomplete autobiography as it only covers twenty-two years of her life (she lived to be nearly eighty-eight). Nevertheless, this inspirational story of Helen's challenges and successes as a deaf-blind person are graphically detailed as they illustrate the girl and young woman who possessed great intelligence and an amazing desire to learn and attain a sense of worth in society. Helen records her early memories before she was struck blind and deaf from fever at nineteen months and her fortunate meeting of Anne Sullivan, who lightened the darkness of Helen's mind by connecting the word water with the tangible substance. Further, Miss Sullivan provided the necessary links between Helen and those around her, as well as links with nature, not to mention providing Helen love and friendship and security away from her home. Friend and mentor, Anne Sullivan encouraged Helen's determination to learn as she instructed Helen through most of her life journeys, on which she met such notable persons as Alexander Graham Bell and several presidents of the United States.
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