Helen Keller, Public Speaker: Sightless But Seen, Deaf But Heard

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 155 pages
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This is the first book-length study of Helen Keller's public speaking. It contains rhetorical analysis about how a person who was sightless but seen, deaf but heard learned to communicate, and how she gave public speeches for nearly 80 years inspiring others with her vision for a better tomorrow. The analysis, texts of various speeches on a broad range of subjects, a chronology of her speeches, and bibliography will be helpful to students and teachers of speech and all those interested in Helen Keller.


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Page 3 - For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Page xxvi - We walked down the path to the well-house, attracted by the fragrance of the honeysuckle with which it was covered. Some one was drawing water and my teacher placed my hand under the spout. As the cool stream gushed over one hand she spelled into the other the word water, first slowly, then rapidly.
Page xvii - I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.
Page 2 - Miss Fuller gave me eleven lessons in all. I shall never forget the surprise and delight I felt when I uttered my first connected sentence, "It is warm." True, they were broken and stammering syllables; but they were human speech. My soul, conscious of new strength, came out of bondage, and was reaching through those broken symbols of speech to all knowledge and all faith.

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About the author (1998)

LOIS J. EINHORN, Associate Professor Rhetoric at Binghamton University, has written at length on public address and rhetorical theory and criticism. She is the author of Abraham Lincoln, The Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Greenwood, 1992) and is co-author of Effective Employment Interviewing: Unlocking Human Potential (1982).

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