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SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH of "The Miracle Worker"
- Unusual 10" x 8" photograph of Helen Keller's famous teacher, subject of the play and movie THE MIRACLE WORKER, seated on a horse and holding a dog in her arms. SIGNED by Sullivan in ink: "your friend/Annie S Macy." At the age of 7, nearly blind from an illness two years before and recently having suffered the loss of her mother, Sullivan was abandoned by her father in an orphanage with no formal educational facilities. Through her own will she managed to be placed in the Perkins Institute for the Blind from which she graduated as class valedictorian after regaining her eyesight from a series of operations. She began teaching Helen Keller when the deaf and blind child was seven and, by all accounts, quite undisciplined. Sullivan attended classes with Keller and tutored her through the Perkins Institute, The Cambridge School for Young Ladies, and Radcliffe College, all along achieving a measure of success with her unusual student previously unheard of. After Keller's formal education, Anne Sullivan continued to assist her by accompanying Keller on her travels and on various lecture tours. Sullivan married a young Harvard instructor, John Albert Macy, in 1905. The three lived together until 1912 when the Macys separated. After Keller's death in 1968, her ashes were placed next to her beloved companions, Anne Sullivan and Polly Thomson, in the St. Joseph's Chapel of Washington Cathedral. This image was used in Keller's book about Sullivan--TEACHER ANNE SULLIVAN MACY--with this caption by Keller: "Teacher in California, 1918. Neither the horse nor the dog belongs to her, but she loved animals and could do almost anything with them." Mild feathering to the "y" in "your" and some loss of ink in "Macy." Slight fading but an interesting image in Near Fine condition [Attributes: Signed Copy]
      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent, est. 1987, ABAA, ILAB]
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