Lessons from a legend

December 1, 2014 8:12 PM

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Lessons from a legend

A big birthday is just around the corner. Kirk Douglas, America's Spartacus, turns 98 on Dec. 9, and he's releasing a work of poetry and stories of his life, Life Could Be Verse (HCI, out Tuesday), for the occasion.

"I've written 10 books," says the witty legendary actor, as sharp and impish as ever, despite navigating a speech impediment that remains from a severe stroke suffered in 1996. "But this was the first time I was looking over the things in my life, and I was surprised to know how many poems I've writ...

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