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Letters from Red Farm

The Untold Story of the Friendship between Helen Keller and Journalist Joseph Edgar Chamberlin

Elizabeth Emerson


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In 1888, young Helen Keller traveled to Boston with her teacher, Annie Sullivan, where they met a man who would change her life: Boston Transcript columnist and editor Joseph Edgar Chamberlin. Throughout her childhood and young adult years, Keller spent weekends and holidays at Red Farm, the Chamberlins' home in Wrentham, Massachusetts, a bustling environment where avant-garde writers, intellectuals, and social reformers of the day congregated. Keller eventually called Red Farm home for a year when she was sixteen.

Informed by previously unpublished letters and extensive research, Letters from Red Farm explores for the first time Keller's deep and enduring friendship with the man who became her literary mentor and friend for over forty years. Written by Chamberlin's great-great granddaughter, this engaging story imparts new insights into Keller's life and personality, introduces the irresistible Chamberlin to a modern public, and follows Keller's burgeoning interest in social activism, as she took up the causes of disability rights, women's issues, and pacifism.

Praise For Letters from Red Farm: The Untold Story of the Friendship between Helen Keller and Journalist Joseph Edgar Chamberlin

"Adds new perspective on Keller, and gives glimpse to an enormously important figure in her education, development, and life."—Boston Globe

"The book immediately draws the reader in, as Emerson's personal connection to Chamberlin makes her a unique guide through the material. Her descriptions, observations, and explication are smart, well-written, and propel the reader forward. It's a fascinating well-told story."—Patricia J. Fanning, author of Artful Lives: The Francis Watts Lee Family and Their Times

"Emerson's delight in her discoveries is clear from the start, as she captures Chamberlin's role in Keller's life and offers a helpful interpretation of its importance. Those interested in journalism will find the stories of Chamberlin's work and his journalistic voice on social issues fascinating.”—Leah Blatt Glasser, author of In a Closet Hidden: The Life and Work of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

Bright Leaf, 9781625346179, 288pp.

Publication Date: September 24, 2021

About the Author

ELIZABETH EMERSON is a former grant writer and award-winning artist based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has contributed material to PBS's film biography Becoming Helen Keller and written guest articles for the American Foundation for the