Christopher Reeve: A Different Kind of Superman

Sometimes at night, Christopher Reeve said in an interview at his home in Bedford, N.Y., he dreams he is sailing aboard his yacht, ''Sea Angel.'' A gentle breeze fills the sails as he steers the boat along the reflection of the full moon. ''At night I am always whole,'' he said. ''I've never had a dream in which I am in a wheelchair.''

In his new book, ''Still Me,'' Mr. Reeve, Superman to millions of people, tells the story of his life on both sides of the riding accident that in 1995 essentially severed his head from his body, paralyzing him from the neck down.

For the first time, he reveals in the book that his injuries were so grave that his mother begged his doctors to withdraw life support. And he writes, also for the first time, that he himself considered ending his life but was dissuaded by the words of his wife, Dana Morosini: ''I will support you whatever you want to do, because this is your life, and your decision. But I want you to know that I'll be with you for the long haul, no matter what.''

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