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Pamela Moberg

Ballet dictionary

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance - this is the one previously edited by Horst Koegler (I have a very well thumbed edition and that is my bible), now by Debra Craine and Judith Mackrell has been issued in paperback, 8.99 pounds. Oxford University Press.

Anyone seen this volume? Opinions? Should one order a copy?

There is a review on Timesonline, May 25, 2002.

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Don't throw away the Koegler! There's a lot of new stuff in the new Oxford -- mostly modern dance -- which is fine. (I think it's very hard these days to have a separate ballet mini-encyclopedia; there's too much crossover.) But there's also a lot of stuff in the Koegler that isn't in the new Oxford. Especially the sense that Koegler had actually seen much of what he wrote about.

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It would never occur to me to throw away my beloved Koegler!

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