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Daniel Keyes: Criticism and Reviews

Daniel Keyes Biography has links to reviews and criticism of his works.

Algernon, Charlie and I: A Writer's Journey is reviewed.

Wired for Books has an audio interview with Daniel Keyes in which he discusses his work.

eNotes an overview of Flowers for Algernon, and excerpts from essays regarding themes, characters, style and criticism.

BookRags has a study guide online for Flowers for Algernon.

Infinity Plus reviews Flowers for Algernon.

Additional criticism and review of Daniel Keyes's works can be found at your local public library.

The following reviews can be accessed online only by an individual who has a current library card through this address.

"The Message and the Maze."
Critic: Eliot Fremont-Smith.
The New York Times, March 7, 1966, p. 25.

"That (Flowers for Algernon) works at all as a novel is proof of Mr. Keyes's deftness. And it is really quite a performance. He has taken the obvious, treated it in a most obvious fashion, and succeeded in creating a tale that is convincing, suspenseful and touching, all in modest degree, but it is enough. The obvious part is the message…"

"A review of The Minds of Billy Milligan."
Source: Publishers Weekly, September 11, 1981, p. 69.

"Billy Milligan was arrested in Ohio in 1977 on three counts of rape, but in a precedent-setting legal decision, he was found not guilty by reason of his 24 multiple personalities. Out of this bizarre case, Keyes, author of the fictional Flowers for Algernon, has constructed a…"

"A review of The Fifth Sally."
Publishers Weekly, July 25, 1980.

"Why Keyes (Flowers for Algernon, filmed as Charly) has written this fictional rehash of a multiple personality case is difficult to understand…"

"An Overview of Flowers for Algernon."
Critic: Patrick Moser.
Exploring Novels, Gale, 1998.

"Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon encourages us to look to Plato's The Republic as a principal reference for the novel. Beginning with a quotation from the Greek Philosopher's Allegory of the Cave episode, Flowers for Algernon presents the key themes of…"

"Daniel Keyes: Overview."
Critic: Stephen H. Goldman.
St. James Guide to Science Fiction Writers, 4th ed., edited by Jay P. Pederson, St. James Press, 1996.

"Rarely has a science fiction story won such widespread praise as Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon. The story has become almost universally admired in science fiction because it not only…"

"An excerpt from Structural Fabulation: An Essay on Fiction of the Future." Critic: Robert Scholes.
Structural Fabulation: An Essay on Fiction of the Future, University of Notre Dame Press, 1975, pp. 45-76. Reprinted in Novels for Students, Vol. 2.

In this excerpt, Scholes "discusses Flowers for Algernon as a work of science fiction, dividing its main idea into two halves; the operation to develop Charlie's intelligence -- a familiar motif in science fiction -- and the impermanence of the operation, which distinguishes the novel as an original and powerful work…"

"An overview of Flowers for Algernon."
Critic: F. Brett Cox.
Exploring Novels, Gale, 1998.

In Cox's essay, "he explores how Flowers for Algernon both works as and transcends science fiction, particularly in its exploration of themes of alienation and humanity."

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