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The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography by Sidney Poitier

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The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography by Sidney Poitier

Condition: Pre-owned; Very Good (VG)

Author: Sidney Poitier

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 978-0-7434-0386-3

In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career.  His body of work is arguable the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Here, Sidney Poitier explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure – as a man, as a husband, and father, and as an actor.

Poitier was uncompromising as he pursued a personal and public life that would honor his upbringing and the invaluable legacy of his parents. Committed to the notion that what one does for a living articulates who one is, Poitier played only forceful and affecting characters who said something positive, useful, and lasting about the human condition.

Here, finally, is Poitier’s own introspective look at what has informed his performances and his life. Poitier explores the nature of sacrifice and commitment, pride and humility, rage and forgiveness, and paying the price for artistic integrity. What emerges is a picture of a man seeking truth, passion, and balance in the face of limits his own and the world’s. A triumph of the spirit, The Measure of a Man captures the essential Poitier.

Author Biography: Sidney Poitier was the first and remains the only African American actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his outstanding performance in Lilies of the Field in 1963, but he believes that will soon change, given the excellence of African-American talent in the industry today. He has starred in over forty films, directed nine, and written four. His landmark films include TheDefiant Ones, A Patch of Blue, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and To Sir, With Love. Among his many accolades, he has recently been selected as the thirty-sixth recipient of the Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor, the Life Achievement Award for an outstanding career and humanitarian accomplishment.

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Excellent (EX): The book has no torn or missing pages, has no writing or highlighting. It’s like new.

Very Good (VG): The book has no torn, missing pages, writing or highlighting. Might have some creases on the spine; no hard cracks; maybe slight forward lean and short inscription inside; perhaps very minor bumping on the corners of the book.

Good (G): This book has no large tears or any missing pages, but it may contain very little writing or highlighting. A few creases on the spine, perhaps a forward lean, bumping on corners or shelf wear; maybe an inscription inside or some shelf wear or a small tear or two on the dustjacket.

Acceptable (AC): This book has no missing pages and may have considerable writing or highlighting but the text must not be obscured.

 

 

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