Lot 50: HELEN KELLER Typed Letter Signed

Early American

December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, US

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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.
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