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Life into art : Isadora Duncan and her world /
edited by Dorée Duncan, Carol Pratl, and Cynthia Splatt ; foreword by Agnes de Mille ; text by Cynthia Splatt.
1st ed.
New York : W.W. Norton, 1993.
199 p. : ill. (some col.)
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-10-01:
For Duncan, ``Life is the root, Art is the flower.'' This book attempts to distill the essence of that flower through photographs, sketches, and portraits. The result is a virtual Duncan museum and art gallery. As Agnes de Mille notes in the foreword, ``not one foot of film exists of this great dancing, of our greatest original, and the pictures in this book . . . are therefore important.'' The trifold text spans Duncan's life (1878-1927) and career, including her childhood and early years as a dancer, her attempts at establishing a school, the tragic loss of her children, her later years, and her untimely death. This work will be accompanied by a traveling exhibition, which opens in Moscow and is slated to travel to Paris and New York. Although words and pictures can never fully capture the art that is dance, this rich and detailed book comes very close. For all dance and performing arts collections.-- Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P . L . (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1994-04:
A welcome addition to the ever-growing library of material about Duncan. The editors of this volume (one of them Duncan's great niece) draw upon a wealth of previously unpublished family photographs and drawings that tend to make the oft-repeated details of Duncan's life come alive. The text draws from memories of families and friends, as well as from the dancer's own letters and personal archives. What emerges is a fascinating story of a woman interesting not only for leading an eccentric life: Duncan's art influenced future generations, and her technique is still practiced today. Evocative of the turbulent years preceding and immediately following WW I, this lavishly illustrated work puts the dancer's life in a rich cultural context. Undergraduates; faculty; professionals. J. L. Cohen; formerly, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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The mother of modern dance and a pioneering feminist, Isadora Duncan was a legend in her lifetime and has been a myth since her death. This book reveals the woman in photographs and works of art, combined with an insightful text. 267 photos, 17 in full color.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. 7
Prefacep. 15
Acknowledgmentsp. 17
Lyrical: 1877-1903p. 23
Dramatic: 1903-1913p. 63
Heroic: 1913-1927p. 125
Color Platesp. 183
Indexp. 193
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