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Daniel Keyes (1927-2014)
Locus ^ | 6/17/2014

Posted on 06/17/2014 4:52:46 PM PDT by Borges

Keyes is best known for his Hugo Award winning classic SF story “Flowers for Algernon” (F&SF, 1959), the Nebula Award winning and bestselling 1966 novel expansion, and the film version Charly (1968).

Keyes was born August 9, 1927 in New York. He worked variously as an editor, comics writer, fashion photographer, and teacher before joining the faculty of Ohio University in 1966, where he taught as a professor of English and creative writing, becoming professor emeritus in 2000. He married Aurea Georgina Vaquez in 1952, who predeceased him in 2013; they had two daughters.

Keyes began working in SF as an associate editor at Marvel Science Fiction in 1951, and his first SF story was “Precedent” there in 1952. Other novels include The Touch (1968; as The Contaminated Man, 1977), The Fifth Sally (1980), and The Asylum Prophecies (2009). He had other books published in Japan, including novel Until Death Do Us Part: The Sleeping Princess (1998), and wrote true crime volumes including Edgar Award winner The Minds of Billy Milligan (1982), sequel The Milligan Wars: A True-Story Sequel (1994 in Japan, forthcoming in the US), and Unveiling Claudia: A True Story of Serial Murder (1986). His memoir Algernon, Charlie and I: A Writer’s Journey (2000) discusses the experience of writing the story and its impact on his life. Keyes was honored as a SFWA Author Emeritus in 2000.

Keyes lived in south Florida, and is survived by his daughters.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: charly; danielkeyes; flowersforalgernon; obituary

1 posted on 06/17/2014 4:52:46 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Flowers For Algernon is such a good book.


2 posted on 06/17/2014 4:56:50 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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To: discostu

You’ve probably read this.


3 posted on 06/17/2014 4:57:34 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Flowers for Algernon is one of the greatest stories ever written. Period.


4 posted on 06/17/2014 5:00:24 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Borges
I went to school from the 60s to the mid 70s, well before the Communist manifesto, Das Kapital an gay pornography became required reading for school children, and Flowers for Algernon was one of the books we use to read. I loved that book. Call of the wild was another. We even use to even say the Pledge of Allegiance before class if you believe it. This was well before it was replaced by "Ode to the Socialist Motherland" or "Obama, he's going to change it"


5 posted on 06/17/2014 5:10:20 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: RIghtwardHo

I always thought it was a metaphor for life- He starts out childlike, then he gets smart (grows into an adult) then he reverts back to a childlike state (old age) I know there is a connection between Charley and Algernon that Keyes was trying to make, but I never really thought about it - Maybe we go through life trying to get that cheese? lol I don’t know.


6 posted on 06/17/2014 5:15:14 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

‘Flowers for Algernon’ is actually one of the most frequently challenged books on school reading lists.


7 posted on 06/17/2014 5:17:29 PM PDT by Borges
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

‘Flowers for Algernon’ is actually one of the most frequently challenged books on school reading lists.


8 posted on 06/17/2014 5:17:29 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

RIP I read that book, it was very well done and very, very sad.


9 posted on 06/17/2014 5:20:21 PM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: Borges

RIP.


10 posted on 06/17/2014 5:35:33 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

You’ll be happy to know that Flowers for Algernon is still in the 8th grade Literature book that LAUSD uses, and I teach it often. I also have the movie, and many of my students are very struck by it whenever we cover it. I sometimes follow it up with Forrest Gump.


11 posted on 06/17/2014 5:42:15 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: A_perfect_lady

The film Charly is fairly poor. It’s not a patch on the novel.


12 posted on 06/17/2014 5:43:13 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Challenged? Why, because it doesn’t promote communism or homosexuality? Oh wait don’t tell me: It mocks the “mentally challenged”.


13 posted on 06/17/2014 5:52:32 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

It has some fairly explicit sexual content. It’s been called “filthy and immoral”.


14 posted on 06/17/2014 6:05:47 PM PDT by Borges
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To: InvisibleChurch
Flowers For Algernon is such a good book.

Made into such a bad movie.

15 posted on 06/17/2014 6:11:24 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Borges

I read the original short story right after it came out. Alas, I never read the novel expansion.

I saw Charly and the 1961, The Two Worlds of Charlie Gordon, as well as the 2000 TV movie, Flowers for Algernon.


16 posted on 06/17/2014 6:17:58 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Borges

I remember reading Flowers for Algernon in junior high. There was another book, “Charlie,” that was based on it and it was also made into a movie in 1968.


17 posted on 06/17/2014 6:32:52 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Mom I miss you! (8-20-1938 to 11-18-2013) Cancer sucks)
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To: Borges

Oh wow. Daniel Keyes once came to my alma mater to give a talk on creative writing. He clearly loved teaching creative writing, and was one of a few minority of authors I have met professionally that were real people, not pompous, but down to earth, and genuine.


18 posted on 06/17/2014 7:27:03 PM PDT by Gefn (More cowbell)
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To: Borges
The film Charly is fairly poor. It’s not a patch on the novel.

I actually agree.

19 posted on 06/17/2014 7:34:53 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: Borges
Read this book in 9th grade - one of my favorites. Also liked the movie with Cliff Robertson. Will Smith owns the production rights to a new movie. This has been on his list for a couple of years. here
20 posted on 06/17/2014 7:39:50 PM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: RIghtwardHo

I agree with that.


21 posted on 06/18/2014 7:36:38 AM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: A_perfect_lady

I thought “Lawnmower Man” was a better version than “Charly” - but still not as good as “Flowers for Algernon”.
The followup “Lawnmower Man” movies were simply horrible.


22 posted on 06/18/2014 7:40:43 AM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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