Deaf and blind from age two, young Helen Keller was a stubborn and sometimes violent child. Sensing Helen's keen intelligence, Mr. and Mrs. Keller hired Anne Sullivan to free Helen from her dark, silent world. The moment Helen understood her first word from Teacher, she began her endless search for knowledge. Helen's intellect plus her fierce determination enabled her to achieve many accomplishments, including graduating with honors from Radcliffe College. Anne Sullivan Macy and later Polly Thompson were constant sources of inspiration and help. Other influential people whose lives were touched by the remarkable Helen Keller encouraged and supported Helen's work to educate the public about the needs and hopes of the deaf and blind. Miss Keller's outstanding efforts did change attitudes as well as improve conditions and opportunities for all handicapped people
She was the first deafblind person to graduate from college
One of Keller's earliest pieces of writing, at the age of eleven, was The Frost King (1891).
At the age of 22, Keller published her autobiography, The Story of My Life (1903), with help from Sullivan and Sullivan's husband, John Macy. It includes letters that Keller wrote and the story of her life up to age 21, and was written during her time in college.
Keller wrote The World I Live In in 1908 giving readers an insight into how she felt about the world. Out of the Dark, a series of essays on Socialism, was published in 1913.
Her spiritual autobiography, My Religion, was published in 1927 and re-issued as Light in my Darkness. It advocates the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, the controversial mystic who gives a spiritual interpretation of the Last Judgment and second coming of Jesus Christ, and the movement named after him, Swedenborgianism.