Algernon, Charlie, and I: A Writer's Journey

Algernon Charlie and I A Writer s Journey In Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes created an unlikely duo a laboratory mouse and a man who captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world Now in Algernon Charlie and I Keyes revea

In Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes created an unlikely duo a laboratory mouse and a man who captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world Now, in Algernon, Charlie, and I, Keyes reveals his methods of creating fiction as well as the heartbreaks and joys of being published With admirable insight he shares with readers, writers, teachers, and students theIn Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes created an unlikely duo a laboratory mouse and a man who captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world Now, in Algernon, Charlie, and I, Keyes reveals his methods of creating fiction as well as the heartbreaks and joys of being published With admirable insight he shares with readers, writers, teachers, and students the creative life behind his classic novel, included here in its original short story form All those who love stories, storytelling, and the remarkable characters of Charlie and Algernon will delight in accompanying their creator on this inspirational voyage of discovery.

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Algernon, Charlie, and I: A Writer's Journey

  1. Daniel Keyes was an American author best known for his Hugo award winning short story and Nebula award winning novel Flowers for Algernon Keyes was given the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2000.Keyes was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York At age 17, he joined the U.S Maritime Service as ship s purser He obtained a B.A in psychology from Brooklyn College, and after a stint in fashion photography partner in a photography studio , earned a Master s Degree in English and American Literature at night while teaching English in New York City public schools during the day and writing weekends.In the early 1950s, he was editor of the pulp magazine Marvel Science Fiction for publisher Martin Goodman Circa 1952, Keyes was one of several staff writers, officially titled editors, who wrote for such horror and science fiction comics as Journey into Unknown Worlds, for which Keyes wrote two stories with artist Basil Wolverton From 1955 56, Keyes wrote for the celebrated EC Comics, including its titles Shock Illustrated and Confessions Illustrated, under both his own name and the pseudonyms Kris Daniels, A.D Locke and Dominik Georg.The short story and subsequent novel, Flowers for Algernon, is written as progress reports of a mentally disabled man, Charlie, who undergoes experimental surgery and briefly becomes a genius before the effects tragically wear off The story was initially published in the April 1959 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction and the expanded novel in 1966 The novel has been adapted several times for other media, most prominently as the 1968 film Charly, starring Cliff Robertson who won an Academy Award for Best Actor and Claire Bloom He also won the Hugo Award in 1959 and the Nebula Award in 1966.Keyes went on to teach creative writing at Wayne State University, and in 1966 he became an English and creative writing professor at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, where he was honored as a professor emeritus in 2000.Keyes other books include The Fifth Sally, The Minds of Billy Milligan, The Touch, Unveiling Claudia, and the memoir Algernon, Charlie, and I A Writer s Journey.

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  1. I remember being knocked out by the novelette Flowers for Algernon and it s been forever since I read it I was thinking about it for some reason and wondering about it being a metaphor for the human life cycleyou start off naive and ignorant, increase in wisdom and stature, then lose it all to old age eventuallyjust like Algernon and Charlie, right Not right Daniel thought up a good story this book chronicles how it came together and that interpretation was never in his mind at all So much for t [...]

  2. This was lovely, providing fascinating background on Flowers for Algernon It was interesting to learn about where the original idea came from, how the story developed over time in multiple formats, and some of Daniel Keyes writing techniques Then, of course reading the original novelette version made me tear up once again.

  3. For those of you who have read and loved FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON, this semi autobiographical book about how he came to write the short story, and later the novel, is a fantastic read To Keyes, the story of Charlie and Algernon was than just another work, but sort of a mystical event that he just had to write It gives a good insight into his writing process, showing how the story developed from a simple idea, and how unrelated events in his life worked their way into the final versions of the story [...]

  4. I picked this up at a bookstore several years ago and stuck it on my bookshelf I loved reading Flowers for Algernon and figured it would be worth a read I m sorry I didn t read this book sooner I savored every story Keyes told about how ideas for Charlie came about Little stories and snippets from his own life that then shaped Charlie s character and memories I wish every author wrote a book like this To me, reading about the thought process is just as wonderful as reading the completed product [...]

  5. nhwvejournal 998329ml return return This is a really good, short account by Keyes of the genesis and later history of his classic story, Flowers for Algernon There are quite a lot of insights into the writing process I was very interested in his depiction of writing as therapy, as a means of distancing yourself from difficulties you have had in the past by putting them in your fiction It s very interesting to read of the various roots of the story Charlie himself based on a student in one of Key [...]

  6. I read Flowers for Algernon as a teenager and saw the movie version, Charly, as a young adult and never imagined a similar story would ever play out in my own life And although I remembered both quite clearly, I didn t make the connection until last year Looking up the old story, I found that, in his old age, the author had written this memoir describing both how he became a writer and the creative process that led to his character Charlie Gordon.This book explains superficial details, such as w [...]

  7. Charlie is a thiry two yeared old man who is mentally disabled He goes to a special school for the disabled and meets Alice Charlie was really eager to learn so Alice puts him up for an experiment that will make him smarter After the experiment, he meets his best friend , a mouse named algernon Algernon also took the test Charlie gets a job as a delivery boy His co workers tease him but Charlie doesn t understand the mockery Later Charlie gets smarter and experiences love for the first time Wha [...]

  8. When I recently read of the death of Daniel Keyes,author of the popular novel Flowers For Algernon , I did the usual internet search on his life and times.I found that he had written a book on his writing life and was especially interested to learn how he transitioned Algernon from a short story to a longer novel This is what this book is largely about Mr Keyes writes of growing up in NYC and his motivation to be a writer He parallels the development of Algernon and his own story, and adds inter [...]

  9. The author of this book wrote _Flowers for Algernon_, and this book is his account of how he pulled that rabbit out of the hat It s an interesting account I was most interested in the parts where he talked about how his mind worked in forming the connections and ideas that led to the original many times revised novella, and then to the gradually layered novel it s fascinating to see how this writer s mind worked And having the context of what was going on in his life during the writing process w [...]

  10. You know it s a great book if you want to read a memoir about how it came to be written I m speaking about Flowers for Algernon of course This memoir delivers on that level and also serves as a fascinating insight into Keyes writing process.Science fiction and comic book historians will be interested in the behind the scenes stories of Keyes time as an editor for Martin Goodman.Fair warning to Kindle readers The Kindle edition is full of typos, especially toward the end It looks like the text wa [...]

  11. Flowers for Algernon is one of my favorite novels and I review that separately but I read Keyes Journey recently because I was teaching Flowers for Algernon for a class and I was considering using excerpts for the class I chose not to there was simply no time as an English teacher and grad student getting her MA in English with a concentration in the teaching of writing but it was interesting to hear about another writer s writing process and struggle to establish himself.

  12. Depuis le moment o j ai lu Des fleurs pour Algernon, je me suis questionn e sur le processus de cr ation de ce roman Comment l auteur en est il arriv avoir l id e globale Pourquoi a t il utilis le journal de Charlie pour structurer le roman tait il conscient du risque de r diger le journal de Charlie en fonction de son QI A t il fait des compromis d chirants pour r ussir publier ce roman Bref, a fait des ann es que je me dis que je pourrais avoir bien du plaisir prendre un caf avec Daniel Keyes [...]

  13. Some things are exactly what they are, and this is one of them It s Keyes journey with his story, novella, and novel Flower for Algernon It was of a time It was very good The movie was very good Here the story is told very pedestrianly Some personal anecdotes are precious William Goldman wrote the first unused script And it does include the genesis of it all, the ms for Flowers Very slight Very slight.

  14. I loved this book flowing bye the movie the awakening and I told me father about this and he watched it and also said that this is a really good movie and then he also knew about the illness awhile ago and he said that it kinda ringed a bell in his mind And I think this movie was touching and heart braking and medical realizing then the book was but I guess everne has diff opinions than I d o I guess And then

  15. Keyes kedua, kado dari tinifa.Sangat mengesankan, krn tinifa berupaya keras untuk memahami minat bundanya.Kisah yang mengharukan, seorang Charlie yang menjadi cerdas, namun justru kecerdasan tersebut menghantarkannya menuju penderitaan yang berbeda.Pada akhirnya, hidup memang tidak bisa ditebak selain mengikuti alurnya saja Charlie, si jenius dungu, digambarkan dengan indah oleh Keyes

  16. Loved it It was so exiting to find out how a writer works with ideas, how he collects them, files them and finally creates an amazing story I still find it almost unbelievable that the whole story came from one mans imagination No wander it became a book used for educating people in several ways Now I have to get all his other books as well, and asap.

  17. Contains the original short story, Flowers for Algernon, which is why this gets 5 stars The memoir section that makes up the bulk of the book is two stars and contains this interesting bit the song Tomorrow known for being in Annie was almost used in a stage musical version of Flowers for Algernon.

  18. The fact my english is not good But i ll try.It is good book A book who very nice and have full emotional When Charlie have good oppurtunity, be a genius people but then his IQ decreaseHonnestly, it book very inpiring for me It about you must hard learn, abour friendship, romance and oppurtunity.

  19. well, I didn t really understand the book maybe because at the first time, he wanted to told the readers that Charlie was a stupid very stupid woman, so in the diary, Charlie can t write well It made me a little confused, because I can t understand what Charlie trying to tell but, this a great book I recomended to read this book enjoy

  20. This is an interesting book It chronicles Daniel Keyes journey as a writer and how the idea for Flowers for Algernon came to life It is fascinating to read about the roots for various aspects of the story and to learn how the original idea developed over time in multiple mediums Even fascinating was reading the original novelette version after reading the novel.

  21. This book climbed my top ten list of all time favourite books to rankTwo Read it and stay the way you are, or be changed forever Some might say it is for the tender hearted only I say It s about YOU.

  22. A very good story of making one of my all time favourite stories A good insight to writers life and how he works and how Algernon and Charlie came to be a good book especially for those who dream of writing.

  23. I think I ll just stick with the book, Flowers For Algernon itself, apparently like with most things to do with celebrity I don t really find the back story that interesting.

  24. Interesting read and explains how he came about writing the classic novel Kind of brings you into the mind of a writer.

  25. easy to get friends when you let others laugh at you Charlie Gordonthis book makes you rethink and be gratefull for what you got in your life.

  26. I tend not to read much nonfiction, but this was fast paced, well written, and interesting If you like Flowers for Algernon, this book is a great way to learn about it.

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