MIDSTREAM: MY LATER LIFE, by Helen Keller - 1929 [Signed x3]


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Midstream: My Later Life

by Helen Keller

This very rare and unique copy has been SIGNED by THREE important people: Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan Macy and Polly Thomson. That is, the author who was both blind and death, and her two life long companions who dedicated their lives to helping her succeed in her endeavors in the "regular" world.

Early (1st?) edition, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc, 1929.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD- condition.

  • Vintage hard cover is securely bound, with gentle aging and some light wear to exterior.
  • Blue covers are overall faded, showing shelf wear. Corners are bumped, more to head, with some exposed corners. Shoulders are somewhat scuffed, and back has .25" scuff near foot corner. (See photos)
  • Spine has navy text and is sun darkened, with bumped and lightly frayed ends.
  • Blue endpapers are toned with some toning to perimeters. Front paper also has some foxing to hinge.
  • Front pastedown has a lightly scuffed area, as if something pasted in was removed.
  • Back hinge shows a repair, and ~1" crack at foot.
  • Frontispiece is present and lightly toned, with scattered foxing.
  • Photo plates throughout are vibrant, less toned, some with some marginal foxing.
  • Interior is evenly age-toned. Deckle fore edges have signs of gentle wear from fingers.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block head has gently faded red ink, deckle fore edges with perforations, and straight cut at foot, with toning.
  • CR2020.0823

362 pages. 6.5 x 9.25 inches.

In this autobiography Keller applies her expressive pen to share her life after graduating from Radcliffe College of Harvard University, to date. Again sharing from her singular experience of the world, she tells the story of her life's work and passions.

The years covered in this book include her tireless work for the American Foundation for the Blind. In fact, when AFB created an international branch, it was named Helen Keller International (HKI). She also had a significant positive impact on the deaf community worldwide. She used her public image to help make a difference in the world, including active support of women's suffrage, contributions to the NAACP and many other worthy causes. In 1920 she helped to found the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She traveled the world, meeting and befriending numerous famous people, including Alexander Graham Bell, Charlie Chaplin, Mark Twain, and the US presidents.

Notable quote from the book:

Cut off as I am, it is inevitable that I should sometimes feel like a shadow walking in a shadowy world. When this happens I ask to be taken to New York City. Always I return home weary but I have the comforting certainty that mankind is real flesh and I myself am not a dream.

Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, and did much to change society's view of people with disabilities. The story of Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, was made famous by Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life, and its adaptations for film and stage entitled The Miracle Worker.

EDITION POINTS: Presumed FIRST EDITION. Inscribed in pencil using the square-hand alphabet (a non-curved alphabet developed for the blind to write for seeing readers): "To / with our sincere regards, Helen Keller"

Underneath are signatures in ink by her treasured Teacher Anne Sullivan, and her other companion Polly Thomson, both of whom traveled the world with her, and helped her interact with others. Thomson, who was originally their Scottish house cleaner, learned to interact with the blind and deaf Keller, became her secretary, and eventually was always seen with Anne in all that she did.

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