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Helen Keller on How to Become a Writer

By November 12, 2012

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An advocate for the disabled and a champion of women's suffrage and the rights of workers, Helen Keller (1880-1968) was also a prolific author. Though blind and deaf from the age of two, she wrote over 50,000 letters in addition to a dozen books and countless articles.

Under the title "How to Become a Writer," the following "letter from Miss Helen Keller to a blind boy" originally appeared in the magazine The World's Work in April 1910. Consider in particular Keller's observation that "No one can be taught to write," yet one "can learn to write if he has it in him." . . .

For the complete article, see "How to Become a Writer," by Helen Keller.


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