HELEN KELLER To her New York publisher and friend Frank Doubleday, a travelogue from France. TLS: "Helen Keller" in pencil, 5½p, 8¼x10½, separate sheets. Concarneau, Brittany, 1931 June 6.

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To her New York publisher and friend Frank Doubleday, a travelogue from France.
TLS: "Helen Keller" in pencil, 5½p, 8¼x10½, separate sheets. Concarneau, Brittany, 1931 June 6. The author and lecturer who was left blind, deaf and mute at the age of 19 months by illness but learned to communicate with others writes to publisher Frank N. Doubleday, who founded Doubleday & Co. in 1897. Begins: "Dear Effendi". In part: "I shall assume that you knew of the congress of workers for the blind which convened in New York during April...The congress monopolized the time and attention of everybody connected with the American Foundation...I have never had so many speeches to make, pictures to be taken and messages to write in my life...After it was all over, we three were dead tired. We had just enough energy to think about getting away from the heavy burden of correspondence that would be sure to follow the conference. I had long desired to visit France. I knew there were pleasant places on the coast of Brittany where we could rest...Almost before we knew it, we found ourselves speeding away toward Cherbourg on the Leviathan...The Humbert Tourist Service found this little villa for us on the coast of Brittany...the villa is called Ker-loar, the house of the Moon...We all have great fun trying to make ourselves understood...I know French pretty well to read, but I am as clumsy as a beginner on skates when it comes to conversation...I hope I have not wearied you with this long letter, dear Effendi. My excuse is that you have said my letters give you pleasure...although I am in the visible world with you, yet I miss the thousand colorful impressions and the casual talk that entertain you. I am not much good at reporting the lighter aspects of life, they flit by me like butterflies, and only now and then I get the flick of a wing, wherefore please be indulgent...With cordial greetings from Mrs. Macy and Miss Thomson...." "Effendi" was a nickname given to Doubleday by Rudyard Kipling. The Turkish word meaning "master" or "chief" sounded similar to Doubleday's initials "FND". Mrs. Macy was her "Teacher", Anne Sullivan Macy. A graduate of the Perkins School for the Blind, she had entered the young girl's dark and silent world in 1887, introducing her to the manual alphabet. Under her tutelage, Keller learned to read, write and speak. "Teacher" died in 1936. Miss Thomson was Helen's companion and secretary, Mary Agnes "Polly" Thomson. Polly cared for Keller until she died in 1960, eight years before Keller's death. Folds, mid-vertical fold touches "le" in "Helen". Chipped in upper left blank corner of last page, which has stray ink mark in bottom margin, else fine condition.

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