Story Time – Free Audio Book Helen Keller – The Story of My Life

Story Time – Free Audio Book Helen Keller – The Story of My Life

Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968)


Helen Keller was born with the ability to see and hear. At 19 months old, she contracted an illness which might have been scarlet fever or meningitis.  The illness left her both deaf and blind.

In 1886, Keller’s mother, inspired by an account in Charles Dickens’ American Notes of the successful education of another deaf and blind woman, Laura Bridgman, dispatched young Helen, accompanied by her father, to seek out physician J. Julian Chisolm, an eye, ear, nose, and throat specialist in Baltimore, for advice. Chisholm referred the Kellers to Alexander Graham Bell, who was working with deaf children at the time. Bell advised them to contact the Perkins Institute for the Blind, the school where Bridgman had been educated. Michael Anagnos, the school’s director, asked 20-year-old former student Anne Sullivan to become Keller’s instructor. It was the beginning of a 49-year-long relationship during which Sullivan evolved into Keller’s governess.

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