An Optimist in Spite of All: Helen Keller

Programs 75, 76 • 58 mins


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Stricken blind and deaf by a fever at infancy, Helen Keller once described herself as “an optimist in spite of all.” This truly inspiring biography recounts how Keller emerged from solitary confinement in silent darkness to become one of the 20th century’s greatest women and greatest human spirits. Includes readings from her autobiographical reflections and rare audio recordings of Keller and her friend and teacher Anne Sullivan Macy. Comments by Anne Bancroft who won an Academy Award for her performance in “The Miracle Worker” and playwright William Gibson. Hear the amazing tale of how Helen as a child learned to communicate, as well as the tireless crusade for the disabled she undertook as an adult. Also, a look at the spiritual philosophy that gave her strength.

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations, my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.”

—Helen Keller


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