Jun 18, 2014
By Michael Kramer
The creator of a book that’s in many a classroom – has died.
“Flowers for Algernon” author Daniel Keyes passed away Sunday at age 86 at his home in Boca Raton, Florida.
“Algernon” was first published as a short story in 1959, and later as a novel.
It’s the story of the transformation of a low-IQ labourer – through experiments that triple his intelligence: mirroring what researchers did with a lab mouse named Algernon.
The Keyes book documents the eventual decline of both the mouse – and the story’s protagonist.
Nearly a half-century after the novel’s release, it’s still on many school reading lists, though it is frequently banned for some of its content.
It also inspired the 1968 movie “Charly,” for which Cliff Robertson won the Oscar for best actor.