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Dance Writings and Poetry
Edwin Denby
January 1998
Textbook Paperback
From Library Journal
Denby (1903-83), a major dance critic as well as a poet, wrote for Modern Music (1936-42), the New York Herald Tribune (1942-45), and many dance magazines. In his writings, he passionately reflected on the art form, observing the emergence and development of many seminal figures, including George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Leonide Massine, and Frederick Ashton. When read chronologically, his observations on specific performances, dance criticism, and the meaning of dance amount to the creation of a dance aesthetic that he shared with readers for more than 30 years. His literary talents also found an outlet in the writing of librettos and poetry. Although Denby's writings have been compiled before, most notably in Dancers, Buildings, and People in the Street (1965), this volume is the only one currently in print....

The Classic Ballet: Basic Technique & Terminology
Lincoln Kirstein
October 2004
From Library Journal
Kirstein was one of the founders of the School of American Ballet along with George Balanchine. After debuting in 1952, this volume quickly became a standard in the field. The text and roughly 800 illustrations offer a beginner's guide to basic dance movement and terminology. This also contains a preface by Balanchine. Essential for all libraries.Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description
“For soundness, for clarity, for succinctness, this manual of basic ballet is the best there is anywhere.”
–Edwin Denby, The Nation

With a precision unparalleled in any other book of its kind, The Classic Ballet presents a lucid text, and nearly six...

American Fictions
Elizabeth Hardwick
November 1999
From Publishers Weekly
"The landscapes of fiction: houses and the things therein, nation-states and states of the union, oceans, backland; winter nights and the old horse pulling the sledge through a driving snow, summer heat and the arrival of smothering love affairs," Hardwick writes in her introduction, indicating not only her wide-ranging definition of the concept of landscape but also the proud lyricism with which she analyzes many of America's greatest writers. Divided into eight sections, this collection of essays opens with discussions of Melville and Edith Wharton and ends with thoughts on Truman Capote and Norman Mailer. Between the bookends, Hardwick casts her deft eye on, among others, Nabokov, whose "novels very often end, and no matter what the plot, in a rhapsodic call to literature itself," and Katherine Anne Porter,...

The Kabuki Theatre
Earle Ernst
March 2004
Edwin Denby, Art News
"An authoritative guide... The book explains everything lucidly and painstakingly--the background, the facts, the emotions."

Theatre Notebook
"Ernst shows us the theatre from the inside, with deep understanding of its meaning and purpose."

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Rudy Burckhardt
Philip Lopate
April 2004
From Publishers Weekly
This handsome and long-awaited 10 1/4" x 12 1/4" monograph is, surprisingly, the first to be devoted to the work of Swiss-born photographer, filmmaker and painter Rudy Burckhardt (1914-1999). While his name may not be known to many outside of that loose agglomeration of downtown artists, poets, dancers and filmmakers usually referred to as the New York School, many of Burckhardt’s photographs—particularly his stunning shots of New York buildings in the 1940s—have become iconic images, appearing on posters and postcards worldwide. The 300 or so photographs presented here, including New York street scenes, European cities, artists in their studios (DeKooning, Guston, Pollock and Rothko among them), still lifes and nudes, are linked by Burckhardt’s eye for the subtle, his writerly sense of...

The Straight Line
Ron Padgett
December 2000
From Publishers Weekly
Ron Padgett didn't know Blaise Cendrars or Vladimir Mayakovsky, but he did know Ted Berrigan and writes about them all, and many others, in The Straight Line: Writings on Poetry and Poets. Padgett (Selected Poems; Albanian Diary; etc.) joins the more than 50 others poets of the Poets on Poetry Series, founded by Donald Hall and edited by David Lehman. Among many short, miscellaneous pieces, New York School aficionados will savor in particular Padgett's long appreciation of Edwin Denby's work and life. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
The Straight Line brings together memoir, informal talks, autobiographical essays, unconventional book reviews, instructional pieces, imaginative speculations on the nature of reading, and poems about...

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