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: American author, political activist, and lecturer, Helen Keller was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Born in 1880 she fell ill at an early age with an illness, possibly scarlet fever or meningitis, which did not last very long yet unfortunately left her both deaf and blind. When Helen was six years old her mother, having been inspired by an account in Charles Dickensâs âAmerican Notesâ of the successful education of another deaf and blind woman, sought the assistance of the âPerkins Institute for the Blindâ for help in getting Helen to deal with her handicap and receive an education. The Institute asked former student Anne Sullivan, herself visually impaired, to become Kellerâs instructor. Dramatically depicted in numerous award-winning productions of both screen and stage, âThe Story of My Lifeâ is Helen Kellerâs autobiography, the tale of a young womanâs struggle to deal with and overcome a great physical handicap. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper and includes a selection of Helenâs letters and a supplementary account of her education, including passages from the reports and letters of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, by John Albert Macy.