A Conversation in Books and Flowers

In 1938, Helen Keller sent a copy of her newest book Hellen Keller’s Journal, to her friend Max Schling, inscribing it to “the Wizard of Flowers, who gives me un-utterable joy.” This was the final book of three that America’s most well-known advocate for the blind would send to Manhattan’s florist to the stars.

Although Keller’s autobiographical works do not mention Schling directly, a series of inscriptions and letters in Special Collections and in archives outside of UF show the ways that Keller and her associates cultivated relationships among influential figures across all areas of society.