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The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein

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A rich and revelatory biography of one of the crucial cultural figures of the twentieth century.

Lincoln Kirstein’s contributions to the nation’s life, as both an intellectual force and advocate of the arts, were unparalleled. While still an undergraduate, he started the innovative literary journal Hound and Horn, as well as the modernist Harvard Society for Contemporary A
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ebook, 736 pages
Published February 4th 2009 by Knopf (first published April 17th 2007)
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Carl Rollyson
The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein is an aptly named biography for an influential figure in modernist literature, art, and dance that also led a complex life as both a married man and a homosexual engaged in a number of affairs throughout his life. Martin Duberman, winner of the Bancroft Prize for his biography of Frances Charles Adams, author of a groundbreaking and innovative history of Black Mountain College, the acclaimed biographer of Paul Robeson, and one of the founders of Gay and Lesbian stu ...more
Jerry
Not just a history of a creative spirit but a fascinating look into who and what shaped the 20th century New York City arts landscape (OK, I admit I breezed over some of the fine details about who was dancing what early Balanchine choreography). Not only do you get the early formation of the New York City Ballet, but also MoMA (plenty of Phillip Johnson gossip) and artists such as Paul Cadmus (and who was sleeping with whom).
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Jun 18, 2008 Anna marked it as never-finished  ·  review of another edition
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It certainly is a very large book.

However, I stalled somewhere around the chapter where he has sex with his brother...
Trent
This biography was a finalist for the 2008 Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, presented by the Publishing Triangle.
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Martin Bauml Duberman is a scholar and playwright. He graduated from Yale in 1952 and earned a Ph.D. in American history from Harvard in 1957. Duberman left his tenured position at Princeton University in 1971 to become Distinguished Professor of History at Lehman College in New York City.
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