Flowers for Algernon



“A tale that is convincing, suspenseful and touching.”–The New York Times 
“An ingeniously touching story . . . Moving . . . Intensely real.”–The Baltimore Sun

Book Description

Published in hardcover by Harcourt, 1967, (reissued 1995), 0-15-100163-4
Published in paperback by Bantam, 1968, (reissued 1984), 0553274503

From the Publisher

Flowers For Algernon made its first appearance as a short story which was rapidly and widely anthologized, and translated internationally. It received further acclaim as a moderated television drama, and as a motional picture production. Now, full bodied and richly-peopled, Flowers For Algernon is the daring novel of a starling human experiment!”A tale that is convincing, suspectful and touching…” — The New York Times.
“Fascinating, agonizing… Superb.” —Birmingham News.
“This novel should be on your ‘must read’ list.” — Palm Beach Post-Times.
“Strikingly original…” — Publishers’ Weekly.
“Absorbing… Immensely original… Going to be read for a long time to come.” — Library Journal.

From the Inside Flap

Flowers For Algernon made its  first appearance as a short story which was  rapidly and widely anthologized, and translated  internationally. It received further acclaim as a  moderated television drama, and as a motional picture  production. Now, full bodied and richly-peopled,  Flowers For Algernon is the daring  novel of a starling human experiment!

From the Back Cover

Charlie Gordon is about to embark upon an unprecedented journey. Born with an unusually low IQ, he has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that researchers hope will increase his intelligence-a procedure that has already been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon.

As the treatment takes effect, Charlie’s intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment appears to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance, until Algernon suddenly deteriorates. Will the same happen to Charlie?


The classic novel that inspired the Academy Award-winning movie Charly

Daniel Keyes, the author of eight books, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brooklyn College. Professor emeritus at Ohio University, he lives in Boca Raton, Florida.

About the Author

Daniel Keyes (1927 – 2014) was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brooklyn College. He was the author of eight books, including the classic Flowers for Algernon, first published in 1966, which would go on to sell more than five million copies and inspire the Oscar-winning film Charly. He also worked as a merchant seaman, a fiction editor, a high school teacher, and as a university professor at Ohio University, where he was honored at Professor Emeritus in 2000. He won the Hugo and Nebula awards for his work and was chosen as an Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2000.


Oscar-winning film Charly starring Cliff Robertson and Claire Bloom-a mentally challenged man receives an operation that turns him into a genius…and introduces him to heartache.



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