By Georgina Kleege
As a tender blind woman, Georgina Kleege again and again heard the chorus, “Why can’t you be extra like Helen Keller?” Kleege’s resentment culminates in her publication Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller, an inventive exam of the lifetime of this well known foreign determine utilizing 21st-century sensibilities. Kleege’s absorption with Keller originated as an indignant reaction to the appropriate of a mundane saint, which no actual blind or deaf individual may ever emulate. even if, her research into the true individual printed even more complicated set of characters and conditions formed Keller’s life.
Blind Rage employs an adroit kind of inventive nonfiction to study the severe junctures in Keller’s lifestyles. the straightforward evidence approximately Helen Keller are famous: how Anne Sullivan taught her deaf-blind scholar to speak and study; her awesome occupation as a Radcliffe graduate and writer; her numerous public appearances in a number of venues, from cinema to vaudeville, to campaigns for the yankee beginning for the Blind. yet Kleege delves lower than the outside to question the perfection of this picture. during the machine of her letters, she demanding situations Keller to bare her real feelings, the genuine nature of her lengthy dating with Sullivan, with Sullivan’s husband, and her short engagement to Peter Fagan. Kleege’s ingenious dramatization, individual via her depiction of Keller’s command of summary sensations, steadily shifts in viewpoint from anger to admiration. Blind Rage criticizes the Helen Keller fantasy for prolonging an unrealistic version for blind humans, but it appreciates the person who discovered a realistic technique to dwell regardless of the limitations of her myth.
Georgina Kleege is Assistant Professor of English, collage of California, Berkeley, CA.