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By Kim E. Nielsen

After a long time, historian and Helen Keller professional Kim Nielsen learned that she, besides different historians and biographers, had failed Anne Sullivan Macy. whereas Macy is remembered essentially as Helen Keller's instructor and mythologized as a simple academic superhero, the genuine tale of this remarkable, complicated, and misunderstood lady, who defined herself as a "badly built human being," hasn't ever been thoroughly informed.

Beyond the Miracle Worker, the 1st biography of Macy in approximately fifty years, complicates the common Helen-Annie "feel sturdy" narrative in wonderful methods. via telling the lifestyles from Macy's perspective-not Keller's-the biography is the 1st to place Macy squarely on the heart of the tale. It provides a brand new and interesting story a couple of wounded yet decided lady and her quest for a profitable, significant lifestyles.

Born in 1866 to poverty-stricken Irish immigrants, the parentless and abandoned Macy suffered a part of her youth within the Massachusetts country Almshouse at Tewksbury. looking get away, in love with literature, and profoundly obdurate, she effectively fought to realize an schooling on the Perkins institution for the Blind.

As an grownup, Macy taught Keller, aiding the lady discover her great power, and Macy's intimate friendship with Keller remained strong all through their lives. but as Macy floundered along with her personal blindness, unwell future health, and melancholy, in addition to a tumultuous and triangulated marriage, she got here to lean on her former scholar, emotionally, bodily, and economically.

Based on privately held fundamental resource fabric, together with fabrics at either the yank origin for the Blind and the Perkins university for the Blind, Beyond the Miracle Worker is revelatory and soaking up, unraveling the most effective known-and least understood-friendships of the 20th century.

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