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A modest book

February 19, 2021

A modest book just turned up one day – no idea who donated it – “My Key of Life” by guess who?  Yes, Helen Keller.  A flicker of interest, as we had nothing by this iconic woman in the Collection.  And when we opened it up and several clippings fell out, a further flicker of interest, but it does often happen that material is enclosed.  Several articles on how this blind, deaf, mute child had overcome her disabilities and an obituary, headlined “Helen Keller Succumbs at 87.”  We cherish obituaries at the Sitting Room and so put it aside to keep.  Still another carefully folded piece of paper which when opened got our full attention:  the letterhead an address in New York, the typed message dated November 7, 1928, and then as our eyes went down to the bottom of the page  -- yes, it was Helen Keller’s very own handwritten and so touching signature…

What a treasure!  Yes, she really does exist, dear Tik Tokkers, who have recently declared her a FRAUD, and we have the letter to one Mr. Hurd, which is well worth reading, to prove it.  Well, we plan to give the original to one of the many Helen Keller Archives, but will keep a copy of course here, framed, for all to reverence, and then we also, of course, have the little book which held this surprise.

 Any questions or other responses to these regular “news items” from the pandemic closed Sitting Room Community Library (sittingroom.org) should be sent directly to J.J. Wilson at boxcar@sonic.net.  Keep ‘em polite, pls.