Ethel Waters's His Eye is on the Sparrow stands as perhaps the greatest autobiography of a black female performer, capturing both the horror and the joy of the African American woman's experience through the often bitter yet always forgiving voice of an indomitable spirit. This edition is supplemented with a new historical preface and over a dozen photographs.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Edition description:||1st Da Capo Press ed|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Charles Samuels, a New York newspaperman, wrote biographies of Jody Garland, Lizzie Borden, and Evelyn Nesbit. He worked with Buster Keaton on My Wonderful World of Slapstick (also available from Da Capo Press). Donald Bogle is the author of Brown Sugar: Eighty Years of America's Black Female Superstars (also available from De Capo Press), Blacks in American Film & Television: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, and Toms, Coon, Mulattoes, Mammies & Bucks: An Interpretive Histroy of Blacks in American Films. He has been called "the dean of black film history."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ethel Waters personal memoir was extraordinary, by the fact that not only she survived but succeeded beyond anyone's imagination, including her own. Without bitterness or rage, she made it to the top. Her life was unforgiving, filled with unspeakable heartache and sorrow, childless and alone. And, yet, she climbed to the mountain top by her own hard work, belief in herself, ambition and determination, overcoming deep rooted fears and terrors. The book is an inspiration to anyone who feels hopeless and powerless. It is an extraordinary life story from one of our greatest blues singers in the world.
His Eye Is on the Sparrow is a touchin and informative book about one of the first Black female stars of her time. Ethel Waters came from a hard life of poverty in the allyways of Philidelphia's red light district. Through poverty, growing up without the guidance of a mother, passed between relatives, she rose to stardom. I loved this book and I have read it again and again. I recommend this book to may children and anyone who loves a good true story.