Measure Of A Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

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Measure Of A Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

by Sidney Poitier

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | April 11, 2001 | Trade Paperback |

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"I have no wish to play the pontificating fool, pretending that I''ve suddenly come up with the answers to all life''s questions. Quite the contrary, I began this book as an exploration, an exercise in selfquestioning. In other words, I wanted to find out, as I looked back at a long and complicated life, with many twists and turns, how well I''ve done at measuring up to the values I myself have set."

In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably 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. Sidney Poitier here 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 credits his parents and his childhood on tiny Cat Island in the Bahamas for equipping him with the unflinching sense of right and wrong and of selfworth that he has never surrendered and that have dramatically shaped his world. "In the kind of place where I grew up," recalls Poitier, "what''s coming at you is the sound of the sea and the smell of the wind and momma''s voice and the voice of your dad and the craziness of your brothers and sisters ... and that''s it." Without television, radio, and material distractions to obscure what matters most, he could enjoy the simple things, endure the long commitments, and find true meaning in his life.

Poitier was uncompromising as he pursued a personal and public life that would honor his upbringing and the invaluable legacy of his parents just a few years after his introduction to indoor plumbing and theautomobile, Poitier broke racial barrier after racial barrier to launch a pioneering acting career. 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.91 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: April 11, 2001

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062516086

ISBN - 13: 9780062516084

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Measure Of A Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

by Sidney Poitier

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.91 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: April 11, 2001

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062516086

ISBN - 13: 9780062516084

From the Publisher

"I have no wish to play the pontificating fool, pretending that I''ve suddenly come up with the answers to all life''s questions. Quite the contrary, I began this book as an exploration, an exercise in selfquestioning. In other words, I wanted to find out, as I looked back at a long and complicated life, with many twists and turns, how well I''ve done at measuring up to the values I myself have set."

In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably 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. Sidney Poitier here 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 credits his parents and his childhood on tiny Cat Island in the Bahamas for equipping him with the unflinching sense of right and wrong and of selfworth that he has never surrendered and that have dramatically shaped his world. "In the kind of place where I grew up," recalls Poitier, "what''s coming at you is the sound of the sea and the smell of the wind and momma''s voice and the voice of your dad and the craziness of your brothers and sisters ... and that''s it." Without television, radio, and material distractions to obscure what matters most, he could enjoy the simple things, endure the long commitments, and find true meaning in his life.

Poitier was uncompromising as he pursued a personal and public life that would honor his upbringing and the invaluable legacy of his parents just a few years after his introduction to indoor plumbing and theautomobile, Poitier broke racial barrier after racial barrier to launch a pioneering acting career. 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.

About the Author

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 The Defiant 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.

From Our Editors

One of Hollywood's most influential, fascinating actors, Sidney Poitier shares the story of his life and of life in general. Passionate, honest and inspiring, The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography discusses the need for simplicity, strong parenting and values like artistic integrity, faith and courage. Poitier encourages searching for true joy, which comes not from destructive amusements, but from being genuine, living by your convictions and taking risks. Born in poverty, Poitier always carried a sense of self-worth, simple ethics and family values. He would become a pioneer in 20th-century cinema, playing memorable characters in meaningful films.

Editorial Reviews

"An affecting new memoir."-- "The Dallas Morning News"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 forty movies, directed nine, and written four."-- "USA Today"With the unwavering sense of dignity and worth...this man''s authenticity is earned by the life he describes."-- "The Los Angeles Times"Reflective, generous, humane...moving...[Poitier] writes with vivid emotion."-- "New York Times Book Review
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