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To Smile in Autumn: A Memoirby Gordon Parks
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Gordon Parks was born with, he says, “a stubborn need to be somebody.” Though Parks is remembered most notably as a photographer and filmmaker, on his enthralling climb to fame between 1944 and 1978 he was successful in many pursuits, including journalism, poetry, and music. It was not always an easy journey, but by thirty-six he had overcome many obstacles to become a photographer and writer for Life magazine. To Smile in Autumn is a candid revelation of a man in the prime of his life and career. This autobiography, with a new foreword by Alexs Pate, is a testament to a person much attuned to the greater world and driven to leave his mark on it.
Book News Annotation:
Gordon Parks' life achievements would be remarkable for any person, but they are particularly impressive given the difficulties that he faced as an African American man in the decades before the Civil Rights Movement. In this memoir, Parks recalls his life between 1944 and 1978, a period in which his achievements included becoming the first black man to be a fashion photographer for Vogue, writing and photographing for Life magazine, and directing Hollywood films (including Shaft). A new introduction by Alexs Pate fills readers in on Parks' early life and puts his later achievements and political activism into perspective. Often moving and sometimes quite funny, Parks' memoir will have wide appeal. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Gordon Parks was a photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist, and film director. He was the author of several books, including The Learning Tree, and director of the 1971 film Shaft.
Alexs Pate is author of several novels, including Amistad, West of Rehoboth, and Finding Makeba.
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