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Flowers for Algernon Lesson Plan

Introduction to Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon began as a pitch for a short comic-book tale, and eventually grew into a print novella first published in 1959. The story was almost universally well-received, and won the coveted Hugo Award. Over the next few years, Daniel Keyes expanded the story into a novel, published in 1966. Once again, the story of an intellectually disabled man surgically transformed into a genius captured public imagination. Keyes received another science fiction prize, the Nebula Award. The book was the subject of several adaptations in different media, notably the 1968 film Charly. The novel is often taught in schools, but is also one of the most challenged and banned texts in the United...

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