Nella Braddy (1894–1973)

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Henney, Nella (married)
Braddy, Nella (birth)
Leslie, Georgia, USA
New Hampshire, USA
New Hampshire, USA (death)
Garden City, New York, USA
Wesleyan College
Converse College
Columbia University
Keller, Helen (friend, author)
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Nella Braddy Henney was born in Leslie, Georgia. She attended Wesleyan College in Macon, GA and then Converse College in Spartanburg, earning a bachelors degree in 1915. She attended Columbia University in New York for graduate school. In 1926, she married Keith Henney.

From 1919 until 1938, Nella worked at Doubleday as an editor of books, encyclopedias, and anthologies. She was assigned to work with Helen Keller in 1923 when Frank Nelson Doubleday, the founder and publisher, encouraged Miss Keller to update her book The Story of My Life. Nella quickly learned the manual alphabet so that she could speak directly to her author. The two became close friends, and Nella wrote the first published biography of Miss Sullivan's teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy, which appeared in 1933. The Henneys owned a summer house on Foss Mountain in Eaton, New Hampshire and often hosted Sullivan, Keller and her companion Polly Thomson.
Nella also frequently visited Arcan Ridge, Miss Keller’s home in Connecticut. Keller and Thomson often traveled to New York City so the group could meet for lunch or dinner.

In the late 1950s, Nella introduced Keller and Thomson to William Gibson, who was developing The Miracle Worker as a telefilm script based on Nella’s biography of Anne Sullivan. Nella also served as Miss Keller’s power of attorney and as her agent in literary matters before their relationship ended in 1963.



Not sure how to review a "standard" book of verse. But I do know that this book has always been special for me. It's falling apart and is missing a big chunk of cover from the spine; the rest is only connected on one side. But it came from my Nana's house when I was a boy and may have been one of my earliest introductions to poetry. All my favorite poets and lots that I'd never heard of and probably haven't run across since.

If it wasn't for this book, I may never have read one of my favorite poems, Abou Ben Adhem by Leigh Hunt:

Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich and like a lily in bloom,
An angel writing in a book of gold:
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the presence in the room he said,
"What writest thou?" Th vision rasied its head,
And, with a look made of all sweet accord,
Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord."
"And is mine one?" said Abou. "Nay, not so,"
Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low,
But cheerly still; and said, "I pray thee, then,
Write me as one that loves his fellow-men."

The angel wrote, and vanished. The next night
It came again, with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,-
And, lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest!
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