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In an interview, she stated that when she first arrived in Hollywood, she was reluctant to appear with him in a movie. “You know, the ‘dese’ ‘dem’ and ‘does’ kind of guy who can’t spell his own name. I was surprised he could speak the English language” (Goodman, 65). She found, however, that he was a very intelligent, sensitive man. , she noted, had breakfast and read the Hollywood Reporter. He also read Time, Life, Newsweek, historical books, and film scripts. He was “always reading,” she said (Goodman, 68–69).

Eventually, he had two fine libraries, one at his home in New York City and another at his Skibo Castle estate in Scotland. His friends and acquaintances noted that Carnegie could recite much of Shakespeare and other literature from memory. Dr. W. J. Holland of Pittsburgh recalled an incident on a lake. Something reminded Carnegie of The Tempest, and he recited scene after scene verbatim. He could repeat the play . . as well as Hamlet, from beginning to end. Sir Henry Irving used to comment on this knowledge.

Et al. A Hard Road to Glory: A History of the African-American Athlete since 1946. Vol. 3. New York: Warner Books, 1988. , and Arnold Rampersad. Days of Grace. NewYork: Knopf, 1993. , with Neil Amdur. Off the Court. New York: New American Library, 1981. `Hurford, Daphne. “A Man of Many Words,” Sports Illustrated, November 4, 1991. Robinson, Louie, Jr. Arthur Ashe: Tennis Champion. : Doubleday, 1967. JAMES BALDWIN (1924–1987) James Baldwin was a brilliant author whose novels, dramas, and essays received numerous awards and honors.

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