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The Dance Writings of Carl Van Vechten

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Collected writings by Carl Van Vechten - the first dance critic on The New York Times, pre WW1 - are complemented by later essays in the Saturday Review. "One of the first writers to take dance seriously," reports Dance Magazine.
Paperback, 182 pages
Published September 28th 1980 by Princeton Book Company Publishers (first published 1975)
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Jul 25, 2014 Sketchbook rated it really liked it
CVV offers extraordinary reportage of 20thC life,
manners, culture. (Big bio in the works). Pre WW1,
he was the first dance critic on NYT. This selection
of historic essays covers Pavlova, Isadora, Loie
Fuller. He was at the 1913 preem of "Rite of Spring."
Along w Theophile Gautier, he believed that "ballet is
music that one can see." This book includes salutes
to Stravinsky and Delibes.

Arlene Croce wrote that his standards "were the highest and
his descriptions of Nijinksy's performances are matchless.
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American novelist, music-dance critic, born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, educated at the University of Chicago. Van Vechten (1880-1964) was one of the most influential literary figures of the 1910s and 1920s. He began his career in journalism as a reporter, then in 1906 joined The New York Times as assistant music critic and later worked as its Paris correspondent. His early reviews are collected in Int ...more
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