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Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson Passionate enormously talented and at times seemingly larger than life Paul Robeson lived one of the great lives of the twentieth century Martin Duberman s classic biography reissued by The New

  • Title: Paul Robeson
  • Author: Martin Duberman
  • ISBN: 9781565842885
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • Passionate, enormously talented, and, at times, seemingly larger than life, Paul Robeson lived one of the great lives of the twentieth century Martin Duberman s classic biography, reissued by The New Press, offers a monumental and powerfully affecting portrait of one of this century s most notable performers, political radicals, and champions of racial equality.

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    1. I can’t think of a life more singularly suited for the large screen. But if the morass of pusillanimity otherwise known as Hollywood has anything to do about it, I’m not going to hold my breath. So for now we’ll just have to make do with Duberman’s biography. And lucky us. With this captivating and exhaustively researched piece of cultural restoration, Duberman has given us an accounting that is destined to become a classic. The notes – yes, the notes – are as engrossing as the text [...]

    2. Communist or not, Paul Robeson's politics examined by biographer Martin DubermanOn March 19, 1983, CBC-TV broadcast an obituary of Fred Rose, the only Communist to have served in the Canadian Parliament (1943-1947). Convicted of espionage and expelled from Parliament, Rose spent four and one-half years in prison, then self-deported to Poland, never to return.In the course of the obituary, the CBC played an audio by a person identified as “the American Communist” Paul Robeson recorded in New [...]

    3. Spoiler alert: THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD.I was kind of worried that the length of this book was going to get to me, but oh man, this book is so good. Paul Robeson's life was interesting for sure, never a dull moment, so any biography on him is going to be good. Add to that Martin Duberman's great writing, and you've got a book that is a total package of interesting AND entertaining.If you look at this book and think it's probably too long or possibly boring, I encourage you to give it a shot. Paul Ro [...]

    4. There are two things that undermined this biography for me: The periodic swipes at Robeson's by-all-reports impressive wife Essie and the lack of enthusiasm for Robeson's contributions as an artist, except for the one chapter on "Othello." Complaints aside, here is a gripping tale of an important civil rights activist who was constantly under attack by the US government for simply telling the truth about American racism. I knew Robeson's name but not the breadth of his accomplishments and thank [...]

    5. Not as interesting as it sounded - too personal a history, or search for a history - I'[d have preferred a more conventional biography of a fascinating man

    6. This was a truly comprehensive biography and I learned so much about him that I didn't know. Very dense and difficult in places, so take your time. :)

    7. An amazing biography of a complex and compelling man. Martin Duberman's treatment of Paul Robeson's life is a wonder - thanks to his exhaustive research (i.e the book is about 550 pages long and the notes are another 200 pages!), he paints an admiring yet fair picture of one of the giants of the last century. It is as if the reader walks through every year with Robeson, coming to know the triumphs and the travails as they unfold. The life story itself is amazing, but it is so well and carefully [...]

    8. This is simply the best biography of Paul Robeson, even better than his autobiography. The story of the son if a slave, who goes to an Ivy League College, faces prejudice, overcomes it with courage and dignity, only to face it again and again when he will not take the quiet path of privilege his celebrity affords but continues to seek equality for all people, irrespective of the colour of their skin or their creed. A true treasure.

    9. Superb, opinionated biography of an extraordinarily complex and talented man. The book opened my eyes on a man and world I knew little about -- not to mention Robeson's equally extraordinary wife. I don't see Robeson's life as the tragedy that some do; I think his accomplishments and strivings are as powerful a testament to human endeavor as his more famous contemporaries.

    10. Very detailed bio of Paul Robeson. Sometimes redundant. Hard to write an uninteresting biography about such a fascinating subject. I can now appreciate how things have changed and how some things are reverting to the bad ol' days.

    11. Fantastic book, although sad in the way that Robeson's life ended in pain and semi obscurity. But wonderful to read whilst listening to his music - he has a special place in my heart as he has with many Welsh people.

    12. An exhaustive biography of singer/civil rights activist Paul Robeson. I paired this with "Who Should Sing Ol' Man River?", and the 1936 "Show Boat" movie. Fabulous.

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