Biography Of Helen Keller - Part Two
That year she had to study physics , algebra, Geometry astronomy, Greek and Latin. Due to her illness that year she didn't attend any class , so she was unable to give the exams.
Finally she came back home and her mother assigned a tour for her who can teach her these lessons. In June 1899 she took her final examination for Radcliff College. Miss Sullivan was not allowed to read papers for her, was told to copy the papers in American Braille.
Helen had used only the English Braille for algebra and was dismayed by the American notation in the papers. Her admission to college was long struggle but her dream of going to college was fulfilled in 1900, although she required lot of time than other girls to prepare her lessons , she finally graduated with honours from Radcliff in 1904.
Besides her love for books , Helen loved outdoor sports right from the tome she was a little girl. She knew swimming and would often take her boat for a ride, rowing herself. ' The story of my life ' was Helen Keller's first book. The Ladies' Home Journal published it serially.
This book contain her letter from 1887 to 1901, besides her early autobiography and comments by John Albert Macy. This book became an American classic. It is full of life and engrossing besides being extremely useful for educating the deaf and blind. In 1927, she published 'My religion' concerning her conversion to Sweden borgianism and in the 1930 appeared the second volume of her autobiography entitled 'Midstream'
Helen's friends included many of the world's greatest people like Alexander Graham Bell , Mark Twain , William Dean Howells, Charlie Chaplin and Andrew Carnegie. She received by nine presidents and bestowed honorary degrees upon her by half a dozen of the most prestigious universities in the world. From1924 onwards , being associated with The American Foundation for the Blind , she travelled extensively to all continents and to every state in America working for the possibilities of welfare for the handicapped.
She campaigned actively because she felt she could serve humanity best by working on behalf of the blind and deaf. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
The blind and the deaf were earlier put in mental asylums but Helen's efforts put an end to this practice. She even informed the public about prevention of blindness of newborn babies through her articles in the Kansas City Star and Ladies ` Home Journal`. Helen and Anna gave lecture towards speaking of her experiences and beliefs to large crowds. Helen's talks and were followed by question and answer sessions. These shows were highly successful and earn up to two thousand dollars a week.
In 1913, 'Out of the Dark ' was published. This was a series of essays on socialism. Helen's political views were now known to the people. Helen's mother died in 1921, but didn't made her sad as her attachment was more with Anna , her teacher. In 1931,they even met King George and Queen Mary at the Buckingham Palace , who were not to mention , quite deeply impressed by Helen's sense of touch. On 20th October , 1936 , Anna Sullivan died.
In a book entitled 'Teacher; Anne Sullivan Macy '(1955),Helen paid tribute to her teacher discussing the difficulties she faced while trying to teach Helen the language of communication. It was in 1957 , that 'The Miracle Worker ' was first performed which was a drama portraying Sullivan first success in communicating with Helen as a child.
It was a live television play in the United States. It was a Broadway play in1959 , and it was a huge success and the actresses playing Anne and Helen both received Oscars for their performances.
Helen than started retiring from her public life because of the series of strokes she suffered. Sometime in this period of her life, she was elected to the Women's Hall of Fame at the New York's World Fair. On June 1, 1968, at Arcan Ridge, Helen Keller died peacefully in her sleep.
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Nisha Sharma is staff writer with http://www.womenbrands.com. She specializes in women psychology and relationship. Visit www.womenbrands.com for more on women issues.