The measure of a man: A Spiritual Autobiography

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Language:
English
Reading Level:
IL: UG - BL: 7.7 - AR Pts: 12
Description

"I have no wish to play the pontificating fool, pretending that Ive suddenly come up with the answers to all lifes 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 Ive 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, "whats coming at you is the sound of the sea and the smell of the wind and mommas voice and the voice of your dad and the craziness of your brothers and sisters ... and thats 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 the automobile, 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 Poitiers 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 worlds. A triumph of the spirit, The Measure of a Man captures the essential Poitier.

Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9780061357909
006135791
9780062516084
9780062516077
9780061747489
9780061374494
Reading Level:
UG
Level 7.7, 12 Points
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Tagging
Tags:

No Tags, Be the first to tag this record!


Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 298da96e-7b33-38ac-a8d3-2768b7571c97
Grouping Title measure of a man a spiritual autobiography
Grouping Author poitier sidney
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2019-10-14 22:44:44PM
Last Indexed 2019-10-14 23:42:37PM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level UG
accelerated_reader_point_value 12
accelerated_reader_reading_level 7.7
author Sidney Poitier
author_display Sidney Poitier
available_at_school MLK Jr. Magnet
Stratford STEM High
collection_school Biography
detailed_location_school MLK Jr. Magnet - Teen Biography
Stratford High - Teen Biography
display_description

"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 the automobile, 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_category_school Audio Books
Books
eBook
format_school Book
eAudiobook
eBook
id 298da96e-7b33-38ac-a8d3-2768b7571c97
isbn 006135791
9780061357909
9780061374494
9780061747489
9780062516077
9780062516084
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
overdrive:2e015ffa-0f22-4da3-be54-6dda659e55b1 -1 Online OverDrive Collection Online OverDrive eBook eBook 1 false true OverDrive Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read Available Online
overdrive:472953c8-2c9d-4ea8-b8cf-8bbb096e153a -1 Online OverDrive Collection Online OverDrive eAudiobook Audio Books 1 false true OverDrive OverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive Listen Available Online
ils:CARL0000134128 35192035633621 North - Adult Biography B P757m 1 false false On Shelf NO
ils:CARL0000134128 35192035633563 Green Hills - Adult Biography B P757m 1 false false On Shelf GH
ils:CARL0000134128 B00171544 MLK Jr. Magnet - Teen Biography B POI POI 1 false false On Shelf 6C497
ils:CARL0000134128 35192035545353 Main Library - Adult Biography B P757m 1 false false On Shelf MN
ils:CARL0000134128 35192025013487 Old Hickory - Adult Biography B P757m 1 false false Checked Out OH
ils:CARL0000134128 A00854544 Stratford High - Teen Biography B POI POI 1 false false On Shelf 6H705
itype_school
Book
last_indexed 2019-10-15T04:42:37.473Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_school B POI POI
owning_library_school Schools
owning_location_school MLK Jr. Magnet
Stratford STEM High
primary_isbn 9780061357909
publishDate 2000
2009
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
overdrive:2e015ffa-0f22-4da3-be54-6dda659e55b1 eBook eBook English HarperCollins 2009
overdrive:472953c8-2c9d-4ea8-b8cf-8bbb096e153a eAudiobook Audio Books English HarperAudio
ils:CARL0000134128 Book Books 1st ed. English HarperSanFrancisco, 2000. xiii, 255 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_school
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:2e015ffa-0f22-4da3-be54-6dda659e55b1 -1 Available Online Available Online false true true false false false
overdrive:472953c8-2c9d-4ea8-b8cf-8bbb096e153a -1 Available Online Available Online false true true false false false
ils:CARL0000134128 35192035633621 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false false
ils:CARL0000134128 35192035633563 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false false
ils:CARL0000134128 B00171544 On Shelf On Shelf false true false false false true
ils:CARL0000134128 35192035545353 On Shelf On Shelf false true true false false false
ils:CARL0000134128 35192025013487 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false false
ils:CARL0000134128 A00854544 On Shelf On Shelf false true false false false true
subject_facet Actors -- United States -- Biography
Poitier, Sidney
title_display The measure of a man : a spiritual autobiography
title_full The Measure of a Man A Spiritual Autobiography
The measure of a man : a spiritual autobiography / Sidney Poitier
title_short The measure of a man :
title_sub A Spiritual Autobiography
topic_facet Actors
African American Nonfiction
Biography & Autobiography
Nonfiction
Poitier, Sidney
Religion & Spirituality