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Days of Grace is an Autobiography written by the famous tennis player Arthur Ashe. Born in Richmond, Virginia in 1943, Arthur was born at a time when the South was segregated. In large part due the oppression that he saw and experienced as a young child, Arthur Ashe crusaded for social change and racial equality throughout his lifetime. Days of Grace depicts the manner in which Arthur Ashe was "outed" by USA Today Newspaper and forced to hold a news conference stating that he had HIV/AIDS. Arthur Ashe had received a blood transfusion in the early 80's while undergoing a quadruple bypass. Due to the fact that at that time the blood wasn't tested for HIV/AIDS, Ashe was given contaminated blood.
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Arthur Ashe reached the heights of the tennis world and served as an inspiration to millions due to his establishing himself as one of the best tennis players in the world. It is also the story of his struggle with HIV and the social stigma and fear surrounding this disease. It is the story of his awesome love affair with his wife, Jean, and the love he shared with his daughter, Camera.
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Plot & Themes

Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Black Phys disability/mental struggle?    -   Yes Struggle with    -   physical disability/sickness Sports story?    -   tennis Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Sports story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   sports figure Ethnicity    -   Black Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes Africa    -   Yes Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   in awe    -   like laughing Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A lot 11-15 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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