Part of Keller's goal in writing her life story is to show that a person with multiple handicaps can still have a full, rich existence. For Keller, part of that richness came through reading literature in Braille, and she spends time in her book describing some of the authors she most likes.
One of these authors is Mark Twain. His first role in her life, therefore, was as a writer whose books gave her great pleasure. She says the following about him as an author:
I love Mark Twain—who does not? The gods, too, loved him and put into his heart all manner of wisdom; then, fearing lest he should become a pessimist, they spanned his mind with a rainbow of love and faith.
She is also delighted when she has an opportunity to meet him. He lip reads her several stories (she puts her hand on his lips to "hear"). Interestingly, she writes of "hearing" his humorous voice in what must be her inner ear, or perhaps from the information relayed to her by Miss Sullivan:
Even while he utters his cynical wisdom in an indescribably droll voice, he makes you feel that his heart is a tender Iliad of human sympathy.