Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents, A Note to Readers, Acknowledgments.pdf

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pp. 7-14

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Part One Consciousness on Trial.pdf

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pp. 16-59

Dear Helen Keller: Allow me to introduce myself. I am a writer and part-time English professor. I am American, married, middle-aged, middle class. Like you, I am blind, though not deaf. But the most important thing you need to know about me, and the reason for my letter, is that I grew ,...

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Part Two Full Body Contact.pdf

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pp. 60-107

It’s been a while since I’ve written. I have no way of knowing for sure, but I sense you’d be happy to keep it that way. But here I am again. And now I’ve got a new topic. We’ve talked about your mind. Now let’s talk about The subject now is sex. Another aspect of the Helen Keller Myth is that you had no sex life. It’s a myth a lot of people work hard to preserve. All ...

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Part Three Working the Pump.pdf

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pp. 108-171

What am I up to, Helen? I know you’ve probably grown tired of asking yourself this question. It’s bad enough that I’ve read every word you ever published, and every biography ever written about you, and that I bore all my friends with tidbits of Helen Keller trivia. But now, I find myself spending endless hours speculating about the truth behind the facts of your life, ...

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Part Four The Hand's Memory and, A Note on Sources.pdf

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pp. 172-224

I’m writing this on a stormy day. The wind must be blowing forty miles an hour. It makes me feel unsettled, uneasy, even a little afraid. There could be power lines torn down by falling limbs. I think I should shut down my computer and pull the plug. I wish I were not alone. I would like to talk to You see, Helen, I don’t want to go through it either. I’ve only just come ...