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Reading Dance: A Gathering of Memoirs, Reportage, Criticism, Profiles, Interviews, and Some Uncategorizable Extras

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Robert Gottlieb’s immense sampling of the dance literature–by far the largest such project ever attempted–is both inclusive, to the extent that inclusivity is possible when dealing with so vast a field, and personal: the result of decades of reading.

It limits itself of material within the experience of today’s general readers, avoiding, for instance, academic historical wr
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Hardcover, 1360 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Pantheon
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Julianne
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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This book is a fantastic example of a multi-source, multi-author anthology, the kind of anthology intended to give a reader a clear and many-angled view of a general subject, in this case, dance. I jumped in without knowing much about the history of dance (only that ballet comes to us from Italy by way of France and migrated westward sometime during the Renaissance); so I would liken my opening this book to the experience of sitting down to a smorgasboard of really exotic food. Make that an all- ...more
Lauren
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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I am only done with this becuase I have to take it back to the library. I wish I owned it. It's incredible! Some of the best writing on dance, ever.
Renée
Mar 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I have an essay in this book! "Graham Crackers"!
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Highly engaging and entertaining collection of interviews, profiles and review - mostly about ballet.
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Robert Gottlieb has been the editor in chief of Alfred A. Knopf and The New Yorker. He is the author of Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhard, George Balanchine: The Ballet Maker, Lives and Letters (FSG, 2011), and Great Expectations and is the dance critic for The New York Observer.

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