Lot 50: HELEN KELLER Typed Letter Signed
Historic Autographs, Civil War Encased Postage Stamps, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federal Era, Coins, Currency, Medals
December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Helen Keller Writes of Her Love for Poetry Wonderful Content Typed Letter Signed
HELEN KELLER (1880-1968). The first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker.
December 29, 1896-Dated Typed Letter Signed, "Helen Keller," in pencil, one page, 8" x 9.75", Choice Very Fine. A lovely holiday letter written by Keller to a Mr. Johnson. Keller has handwritten the date and place at the head: "Cambridge, Mass. December 29, 1896." This Typed Letter nicely Signed, "Helen Keller" reads, in full:
"Dear Mr. Johnson: -- The Christmas holidays have at last brought me to opportunity for which I have waited so long, and, although it is very late to thank you for the beautiful poems you sent me, yet I feel sure that you will forgive the delay, and accept my tardy but sincere acknowledgments. I have read some of the poems, and enjoyed them very much, especially "The Winter Hour" and "The September Violet." You know I love poetry. It is one of the beautiful things that I can really enjoy. Music, pictures and great, noble buildings are things that I must enjoy through others; but poetry speaks directly to my heart, and fills my silent life with light, and joy and beauty.
"I had a most joyous Christmas. The sun shone warm and bright, and dear old Santa Claus brought me many delightful surprises; but better than the Christmas sunshine, better than all the lovely presents, I had the joy of having my dear ones, mother, little sister and brother with me! The children had never been north before; so their first Christmas in Santa Claus's own land had a special charm for them.
"Please give my love to Mr. Gilder, and tell him I am hoping to see him in Cambridge soon. I enjoy my studies more than I can tell you. Every day God opens a new page of His great book to me, and every morning I wake with a new joy in my heart; for life is so beautiful, and so full of possibilities! With love and New Year's greetings, I am, (penciled in Keller's hand) Affectionately your friend Helen Keller."
This great content Letter is matted along with an engraved portrait of Helen Keller, measuring about 2.5" x 3.5", and to an overall size 12" x 22" ready for framing and display.