Life Lit by Some Large Vision: Selected Speeches and Writings

Ossie Davis (Author) Ruby Dee (Illustrator)

Product Details

Washington Square Press
Publish Date
October 01, 2010
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.63 inches | 0.79 pounds

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About the Author

Ossie Davis appeared in numerous Broadway and Hollywood productions, including I'm Not Rappaport, The Defenders, The Stand, Jungle Fever, Evening Shade, and The Client. He was also the author of several plays, teleplays, and children's books. He passed away in February 2005, still active in his work at the age of eighty-seven.

Ruby Dee, midwife to this provocative collection, has enjoyed an illustrious career on stage and in television and film, and she is also an award-winning author. She and Ossie Davis were married for fifty-six years. They have three children and seven grandchildren.


"Ruby Dee's marvelous collection of speeches and writings captures the dignity, eloquence, and passion of Ossie Davis, who blessed us not only with great acting, but with a lifetime of fighting injustice. "Life Lit by Some Large Vision" will inspire everyone who wants to make a better world."

-- President William J. Clinton
"Ossie Davis is an authentic American hero. Through the pages of this book, I hear his rich, deep, melodious voice commanding us to continue to live, to learn, and to love."

-- Tavis Smiley
"This lovely and inspiring book is a final love letter from a devoted wife to an adored husband. It is also a great gift to all of us who continue to learn from their shining example of what it means to be fully, "passionately, " engaged in all that life has to offer. As we read his words, and hers, we are acutely aware that we are in the presence of greatness."

-- Pearl Cleage, author of "Baby Brother's Blues"
"Ossie Davis was the greatest artist/activist since the great Paul Robeson. Only Ruby Dee and Harry Belafonte today can be mentioned in the same breath! His courageous words are even more precious now that his life is our legacy!" -- Cornel West, author of "Democracy Matters"
"Ruby Dee produces for us the voice of her beloved, bringing an uncompromising truth, reminding us of the sound of a black man, bringing us, as he said, the 'scent of freedom.'"

-- Elaine Brown