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Flowers For Algernon

Daniel Keyes

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Science fiction

A modern classic, FLOWERS OF ALGERNON has sold over five million copies worldwide and inspired the Academy Award-winning film CHARLY.

'A masterpiece of poignant brilliance . . . heartbreaking' Guardian

Charlie Gordon, a floor sweeper born with an unusually low IQ, has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that doctors hope will increase his intelligence - a procedure that has been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon. All Charlie wants is to be smart and have friends, but the treatement turns him into a genius.

Then Algernon begins to fade. What will become of Charlie?

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Praise for Flowers For Algernon

  • A science-fiction masterpiece of poignant brilliance . . . heartbreaking, and utterly, completely brilliant - GUARDIAN

  • A timeless tearjerker - INDEPENDENT

  • This is one of the greats: a story and a central character that have stayed with me for thirty years, from the first moment I picked it up - Conn Iggulden

  • At the heart of FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON is a message of love over knowledge; of hopefulness over achievement; of compassion over intelligence. - Joanne Harris

  • Unflinchingly honest . . . it will make you reflect on your own life . . . and completely and utterly break your heart - GUARDIAN ONLINE

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Daniel Keyes

Daniel Keyes (1927-2014)
Born in Brooklyn in 1927, Daniel Keyes worked as a merchant seaman, editor and university lecturer. He published four other novels, but Flowers for Algernon, originally a short story, for which he won the Hugo Award, later expanded into the Nebula Award-winning novel and adapted as an Oscar-winning film (Charly, 1968) remains his best-known work. Daniel Keyes had a Master's degree in English and American literature and was a Professor of English and Creative writing. He died in 2014.

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