Posted 20 November 2003 - 08:42 PM
Another good biography is Suzanne Farrell's Holding on to the Air: An Autobiography.
The Ballet Family is listed as being by Mabel Esther Allen, at least in our library. B)
Posted 30 December 2003 - 08:41 PM
I know, I know, if all these people think it's great stuff, who am I to quibble? But I'll hold my ground on this one. It's trash -- mildly entertaining trash, but trash all the same. If anyone else has read it, please chime in. I'd love to hear other views.
Posted 23 April 2004 - 05:03 PM
Still Point by Deborah Weisgall (set in New York)
The Body of Dancers by Candice Leigh Brown (set in San Francisco)
In the Company of Others by Anthony Howell
Carnival of Saints by George Herman (Not a book on ballet, but a novel of Renaissance Italy -- an excellent introduction to the theatrical form of commedia dell'arte).
I have others to add to this list at a later date once I find all my books that I have collected over the years.
Posted 23 April 2004 - 05:30 PM
Posted 25 April 2004 - 07:45 PM
Other ballet fiction novels that may be found in paperback at used bookstores are Ballet! by Tom Murphy (1978), Save the Last Dance for Me by Judi Miller (1981), and Encore by Monique Raphel High (1981).
One paperback that I thoroughly enjoyed is Six Curtains for Stroganova (1986), originally published in 1946 as Six Curtains for Natasha. Authors are Caryl Brahms and S.J.Simon. This was a series and I have been unable to find the companions: A Bullet in the Ballet and Murder a la Stroganoff (British title: Casino for Sale).
And for those who can read French: L'Amour au Miroir (1983) by Ludmila Tcherina.
Posted 26 April 2004 - 09:32 AM
Another novel that came out the following year is "Ballerina," by Edward Stewart. The NY Times pronounced, "It is the right moment for the big ballet novel - and this one is it!"
Inside the front cover is a quote from Publishers Weekly: "Rumor has it that galleys of this book were being passed around backstage at the New York City Ballet just the other week, and no wonder. Stewart has put together the quintessential ballet novel, long overdue ... bound for as much success as a book as Turning Point achieved in films!"
Both of these books came out a year or two after the release of "The Turning Point" and the U.S. was on a ballet high. I still have the cover of the Time issue with Gelsey Kirkland on the cover -- above her picture it said 'U.S. Ballet Soars!"
Posted 15 May 2004 - 08:34 AM
I love children's books-still re-read them all now and I'm 24! xx
Posted 16 January 2011 - 09:31 PM
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