Flowers for Algernon
Published by Harcourt Brace
(1966) and by Bantam Books (1967). Reissued in the
Brace Modern Classics series (1995).
Released on audio tape by Parrot Audio Books, narrated
"HUGO AWARD" for short story, "Flowers for Algernon,"
"NEBULA AWARD" for novel version, Flowers for
Until he was thirty-two, Charlie Gordon --gentle,
oddly engaging-- had lived in a kind of mental twilight.
knew knowledge was important and had learned to read and
write after a fashion, but he also knew he wasn't nearly
bright as most of the people around him. There was even
white mouse named Algernon who outpaced Charlie in some
But a remarkable operation had been performed on
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
"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
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
- 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,
- 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.