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The Measure Of A Man: A Spiritual Autobiography Paperback – Large Print, June 1, 2000

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Following his autobiography (This Life); something with a spiritual dimension.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"The Measure of a Man is revealing ... Poitier invites us to re-examine his work and, through it, our history." -- --The New York Times Magazine

"Candid memoirs from the actor who has starred in more than 40 movies, directed nine, and written four." -- --USA Today

"Poitier is an excellent storyteller, and the book is anecdotally rich." -- --Booklist

Most of "Measure of Man" is devoted to aimlessly meanderingover mundane non-religious ground (mundane in both senses). Poitier describes his movie roles, marriages, house purchases, business ventures, and friendships, backing and filling with childhood memories, which always verge on providing some key to his success or his artistry. And which always disappoint. These add nothing to the story told in "This Life."

Beyond testifying to the publishing industry's cynicism about the short memory of readers, booksellers, and critics, this product's strong odor of niche marketing deserves comment. The three categories that define the book add up to a promising commercial formula: successful black male + celebrity + "spiritual." They go together like three cherries on a slot machine.

Nothing in "Measure of a Man" gets at the inner sources of Poitier's significance in the history of American cinema. He was the star who established the full status of black men as leading men in Hollywood. He was the first black actor to win an Oscar, also the first one to kiss a white woman and slap a white man on screen. No mere sex symbol, he achieved a majestic moral stature that made him a symbol of African-American hopes. To this day, "dignity" seems to go with Poitier's name like a Homeric epithet. He paved the way for James Earl Jones and Denzel Washington, who could concentrate on putting more backbone into images of black men. (Beliefnet, May 2000) -- From Beliefnet


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  • Publisher : HarperLargePrint; Large Print edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 006019717X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0060197179
  • Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6.13 x 0.9 x 9.25 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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