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Helen Keller described her friend and fellow Perkins student Clarence Hawkes, who went on to a career as a blind naturalist, poet, and author, as an “ardent optimist” with a “remarkable memory, and his brain teems with funny stories and anecdotes”. Hawkes, who lost his sight at age 13 in a hunting accident, began his writing career with the book Master Frisky, a collection of stories about his own dog, then went on to author more than 100 books about the natural world. Helen Keller noted that Hawkes had “become one of the best known writers upon nature subjects in the country”. Read Helen’s essay about Hawkes at the ever-expanding Helen Keller Archive online at AFB, where volunteers devote their time to making sure that the tens of thousands of artifacts, letters, speeches and articles are fully and accurately transcribed and described. There are detailed descriptions of every photograph and transcripts of all photographed text and audio material that render the archive accessible to the blind, deaf, and deaf blind, scholars, students, filmmakers, historians and anyone who is interested in learning more about Helen Keller and her life. “The Art of Seeing. How Clarence Hawkes, the Blind Naturalist, Helps His Seeing Brother to See here.