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Transcript of Daniel Keyes
1988: "Distinguished Alumnus Medal of Honor" from Brooklyn College
1998: Locus Award, 40th best novel before 1990 for "Flowers for Algernon" (novel)
2000: Professor Emeritus Status at Ohio University Resources Flowers for Algernon By: Daniel Keyes By: Angela Dela Cruz, John Delgado, Catherine Hernandez Daniel Keyes was born on August 9, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York. Background/Major Events and Education/Occupations At the age of seventeen, Daniel Keyes joined the United States Martitime Service and went to sea as the ship's purser. He then resumed his studies at Brooklyn College where he received his BA Degree in psychology, after he left the sea. He was then employed as an associate fiction editor, but left editing to enter the fashion photography business. He later earned a license to teach English in NYC schools, and at the same time returned to Brooklyn at night for post- graduate study in English and American literature. After receiving his MA degree, he left New York to teach creative writing at Wayne University. In 1966, Daniel Keyes joined the faculty of Ohio University, and was appointed Professor of English and creative writing. In 1959, "Flowers for Algernon" was published. This short story is what Daniel Keyes is best known for, and it later became a novel in 1966. "Flowers for Algernon" is a widely popular story that has changed Daniel Keyes's life. Honors and Awards 1960: Hugo Award for "Flowers for Algernon" (short story)
1966: Nebula Award for the novel "Flowers for Algernon"
1986: Kurd Lasswitz Award for "The Minds of Billy Milligan" Significance and Importance of Author English professor
he was a high school teacher who taught slow learners
his stories show how society treats people with mental disabilities much differently than people with no disabilities or disorders Significance and Importance of the Story The mistreatment of the mentally disabled.
Ex: Charlie's friends laughing at him and embarrassing him even though he was not aware of them doing so. People emphasize that being "book smart" is the only way of being intelligent, but they don't realize that there are different types of intelligence that are useful such as "street smart" Effect of Author's Life on story Like Miss Kinnian, Daniel Keyes was also a teacher for slow learners.
He has a degree in psychology, giving him more experience on the human mind, which helped him write "Flowers for Algernon".
While Keyes was teaching English to students with special needs, one of his students asked if he can be bumped up into a regular class if he worked hard enough. This made Keyes wonder what would happen if it were possible to increase a person's intelligence. The scientists, Strauss and Nemur, were based on Keyes's professors that Keyes met while studying psychoanalysis.
Algernon the mouse was based on a mouse that was dissected in his dissection class and the name came from a poet named Algernon Charles Swimburne. Other Major works and their Significance "Flowers for Algernon": The mistreatment of the mentally disabled. "The Fifth Sally": The fist novel to deal with multiple personality disorder. "The Minds of Billy Milligan": This novel is about the first person in history to be aquitted of crimes because of multiple personality disorder. Other Major Works The Touch
The Milligan Wars
Algernon, Charlie, and I: A Writer's Journey