Soon after learning how to speak, Helen Keller wrote what she considered to be a beautiful story called "The Frost King" and sent it to Mr. Anagnos at the Perkins Institute as a gift for his birthday. He loved the story and published it in a report by the Perkins Institution.
Later, however, Keller discovered that her story was quite similar to a previously published story called "The Frost Fairies" by Margaret T. Canby. Keller had heard the story read aloud to her and had unwittingly copied it, and she was accused of plagiarism. At first, Mr. Anagnos believed that Keller was innocent, but, after a teacher at the Perkins Institution detected that Keller might have remembered hearing Canby's story, Mr. Anagnos felt dubious about Keller's story and about her innocence. The result was that Keller, who liked to assimilate what she heard into her own words and works, felt horribly guilty and ashamed, and several of the members of the Perkins Institution lost faith in her.