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Death of Daniel Keyes

Cover for Flowers for Algernon

On June 15th, the Hugo Award-winning author, Daniel Keyes, passed away. Keyes was best known for his book Flowers For Algernon, which was made into the movie Charly in 1968. Keyes was also given the Author Emeritus honor by the SFWA in 2000.

At 17, Keyes joined the United States Maritime Service, where he worked on oil tankers as a purser. In 1950 he received a Bachelor's degree in psychology, but a month later he joined Magazine Management. It took a couple years, but he became the editor of the magazine Marvel Science Stories.

Keyes worked under Stan Lee when Marvel Science Stories finally stopped publishing on the new project that would eventually become Marvel Comics, both as an editor and as a writer of comic books. He actually came up with the idea for Flowers for Algernon at this time, but he didn't submit it as a script for a comic because he felt it needed a different media. Keyes' other books include The Fifth Sally, The Minds of Billy Milligan, The Touch, Unveiling Claudia, and the memoir Algernon, Charlie, and I: A Writer's Journey.

Keyes eventually started teaching at Wayne State University, and then Ohio State University. He was honored with the title of Professor Emeritus by Ohio State in 2000. His literature and his legacy continue to live on as more generations of readers become familiar with Flowers for Algernon.

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