Flowers of Algernon

Flowers of Algernon

“Flowers for Algernon” – a science fiction story by Daniel Kiese (“soft” science fiction). Originally published in the April issue of the Journal of Fantasy and Science Fiction for 1959. Award “Hugo” for the best short science fiction story (1960). The ideas of the novel were formed for 14 years and were inspired by various events from the life of Kiz. It all began in 1945 with his conflict with his parents, who insisted on passing courses for those entering medical schools, despite his desire to become a writer. He felt that education drives a wedge between him and his parents, and this led him to the question of increasing intelligence. The main events occurred in 1957, when Keez taught English at a school for children with intellectual disabilities; one of the students asked him if he could transfer to a regular school if he was diligently engaged and would become clever. Other characters from the book are also based on people from the life of Kiz. Algernon was inspired by the dissection classes at the university, and his name was taken from the poet Algernon Charles Swinburne [3]. The images of Nemura and Strauss – scientists who developed the surgery for increasing intelligence – are based on professors whom Kiz met while studying psychoanalysis. The book is inspiring and affecting the soul…