Flowers for Algernon
Published by Harcourt Brace
(1966) and by Bantam Books (1967). Reissued in the Harcourt
Brace Modern Classics series (1995).
Released on audio tape by Parrot Audio Books, narrated by
"HUGO AWARD" for short story, "Flowers for Algernon," 1959
"NEBULA AWARD" for novel version, Flowers for Algernon, 1966
Until he was thirty-two, Charlie Gordon --gentle, amiable,
oddly engaging-- had lived in a kind of mental twilight. He
knew knowledge was important and had learned to read and
write after a fashion, but he also knew he wasn't nearly as
bright as most of the people around him. There was even a
white mouse named Algernon who outpaced Charlie in some ways.
But a remarkable operation had been performed on Algernon,
and now he was a genius among mice. Suppose Charlie
underwent a similar operation...
Reviews of Flowers for Algernon
"Strikingly original..." --Publisher's Weekly
"Absorbing... Immensely original... Going to be read for a
long time to come." --Library Journal
"This novel should be on your 'must read list." --Palm Beach
"Fascinating, agonizing... Superb." --Birmingham News
"A tale that is convincing, suspenseful and touching..."
--The New York Times
"A classic bit of literature... a brilliant and fascinating
tour de force... a literary achievement as unique as the
subject itself." -- Journal Star (Peoria)
"...Keyes has found a challenge in his material and has
composed a gripping narrative..." --Miami News
Adaptations of Flowers for Algernon
- Television Drama, "The Two Worlds of Charlie Gordon," (starring
Cliff Robertson) on the Theater Guild's U.S. Steel Hour, 1961.
- Feature film, "CHARLY" -- World Premiere: The Berlin Film
Festival (American Entry) July, 1968. American Premiere: The
Baronet Theater, N.Y. Sept.23, 1968. Won "Best Actor" Academy
Award for Cliff Robertson.
- Stage play (Chicago: Dramatic Publishing, 1969) by David Rogers.
- Dramatic Musical, "Charlie and Algernon" (Music by Charles
Strouse, Libretto by David Rogers) Canadian Premiere: Edmonton,
The Citadel Theater (Dec. 21, 1978) London: The Queens Theater
(June 14, 1979). Washington D.C.: Kennedy Center, Terrace
Theater (March 8, 1980) Eisenhower Theater (Aug. 4, 1980) New
York: Broadway, Helen Hayes Theater (Sept 4, 1980)
- French language stage play, Marseilles, Theater Espace Massalia,
Oct. 11 to Nov.10, 1982.
- Irish radio monodrama, Dublin, Radio Telefis Eireann, broadcast
Oct. 25, 1983 and repeated Oct. 28, 1983.
- Australian stage play, Jigsaw Theatre Company, March, 1984.
- Polish language stage play, The. W. Horzyca Memorial Theatre of
Torun, March 3, 1985. Adapted by Jerzy Gudejka. Won "Grand
Prix --One Actor Theater"
- Japanese language stage play, Kinokuniya Theater, Tokyo, January
20-29, 1987; Play adaptation published in Tragedy/Comedy, Feb.
1987, Vol. 436. by Hayakawa.
- Czechoslovak Radio Prague, Radio broadcast rights, 1988 to 1991.
- Another Japanese language stage play version, produced by Gendai
Engeki Kyokai Production Company. San-Byakunin Theater, Tokyo,
(March-April, 1990). New Japanese production opens Fall, 1997.