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Daniel Keyes Dies: 'Flowers for Algernon' Author Was 86

By    |   Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 02:14 PM

Daniel Keyes, author of science fiction novel "Flowers for Algernon," died Sunday at age 86 from complications of pneumonia, The New York Times reported.

The story of a mentally challenged man who temporarily becomes a genius after an experimental procedure, "Flowers for Algernon" is studied in schools worldwide. It started as a short story, which won the Hugo Award in 1960. Keyes expanded the story into a novel, which tied for a Nebula Award in 1966. The novel inspired the 1968 film “Charly,” for which actor Cliff Robertson won an Oscar. The book also inspired television and stage adaptations.

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Keyes was born in Brooklyn in 1927. He served in the U.S. Maritime Service and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in English literature and taught English and creative writing, according to his website.

Much of Keyes’ work centers on characters with psychological issues. Other novels Keyes wrote are “The Touch,” “The Fifth Sally,” “Until Death,” and his latest, “The Asylum Prophecies,” which was published in 2009.

He also wrote three nonfiction books: “The Minds of Billy Milligan,” “The Milligan Wars: A True-Story Sequel,” and “Unveiling Claudia.”

Keyes is survived by daughters Leslie and Hillary Keyes, and a sister, Gail Marcus.

Fans offered a fond farewell on Twitter.











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