Max Wallace reframes Helen Keller's journey after the miracle, bringing to light her rarely discussed, lifelong fight for social justice across gender, class, race, and ability. Wallace reveals that the lionization of Sullivan at the expense of her famous pupil was no accident, and calls attention to Keller's efforts as a socialist, anti-racist, and disability advocate.
With whiplash narrative drive this meticulously researched account of Keller’s legacy clarifies the lifelong commitment of a progressive radical whose social justice advocacy remains timeless. It’s an essential read that shifts the well-worn tale of one of the 20th century’s most intrepid figures.
[A] compelling biography, which aims to quash the traditional maudlin portrayal as well as the misleading Oscar-winning 1963 movie whose hero is not Helen but her teacher, Annie Sullivan ... A revealing life of an important historical figure that does not diminish her.