Daniel Keyes, 'Flowers for Algernon' author, dies




Praying for the repose of his soul.


“Flowers for Algernon” was part of our required reading list as a high school freshman in 1963. At a Catholic high school we thought it was about the human dignity of people who were not necessarily useful. I suspect that today it would all about feelings.


May he rest in peace.


It was originally published as a short story or novelette in 1959 in “The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction,” the most literary of the SF magazines. I was impressed with the short story. The style was gripping, being written as a series of first person reports by Charlie, the writing reflecting first his low IQ, then his improving intelligence, followed by his return to his previous condition. That element was of course totally lost in the movie.


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