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'Flowers for Algernon' author dies

ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Daniel Keyes, 86, author of the sensitive and existential novella Flowers for Algernon, died on Sunday at his home in South Florida.

Keyes died from complications of pneumonia.

Flowers for Algernon, which was Keyes' seminal work, involves Charly, a mentally handicapped man with an I.Q. of 86 who participates in an intelligence-enhancing surgery along with a mouse named Algernon. Charly's intelligence skyrockets, but when Algernon's intellect falls, so, too, does Charly's.

Keyes crafted his original story into a novella that was published in 1959 in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, garnering Keyes a Hugo Award for best short fiction in 1960.

In 1966, Keyes adapted Flowers for Algernon into a novel and nabbed the Nebula Award for the best novel of that year.

The book was adapted into a 1968 film called Charly, starring Cliff Robertson.

Keyes is survived by two daughters and his sister, Gail Marcus.

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