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Daniel Keyes was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1927.� As a young man, he served in the US Maritime Service and later received a BA in psychology from Brooklyn College (CUNY).� Early in his professional life, Keyes worked as an editor of fiction; he was also employed in the fashion photography industry.� He later taught English in the New York City schools and returned to Brooklyn College to earn an MA in English and American Literature.� He also taught English and Creative writing courses at Ohio University, where he remains a Professor Emeritus.� In 1988 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Medal of Honor from Brooklyn College.�

 

Keyes' published works include the novels The Touch (1968), about a radiation accident and its human toll; The Fifth Sally (1980), dealing with multiple personality disorder and an attempt to combine a sufferer's separate personalities into a single personality; and Until Death Do Us Part: The Sleeping Princess (1998), concerned with the issue of mental competency in death penalty cases.� His non-fiction works include The Minds of Billy Milligan (1981), which examines the life of a man who suffers from multiple personality disorder and is acquitted of rape and kidnapping charges through an insanity defense; Unveiling Claudia: A True Story of Serial Murder (1986), which explores the story of Claudia Yasko, a woman who claimed to have murdered several individuals; The Milligan Wars (1994), a sequel to The Minds of Billy Milligan; and Algernon, Charlie, and I: A Writer's Journey (2004), which examines Keyes' creation of his classic novel.��

 

Of course, Keyes is most noted for Flowers for Algernon (1966).� The work was initially published as a novelette in 1959 and won the Hugo award for Best Short Fiction in 1960.� Keyes then expanded it into novel length.� This version of the story won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1966.� In 1968 a film of the novel, titled Charly, was made, starring Cliff Robertson.�

 

Daniel Keyes currently lives with his family in southern Florida, where he continues to write.�

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