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Oxford University Press has announced that it will publish the first English language biography of Marius Petipa in June 2019. The book's full title is "Marius Petipa; The Emperor's Ballet Master", its author is Dr Nadine Meisner and the publisher's price quoted at present is £22.99 which makes it just under $30.00.

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Am I the only person in the USA who is excited about the prospect of this book arriving in my mail box today, June 3rd? I don't think so. :)

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Honestly, it had slipped my mind.

For those in my situation, it's on offer on the Oxford site for about $35 US, which is still an amazing price, especially in comparison to the Wiley book on Ivanov, which is listed next -- it costs $275.  But it is a reprint, so it's extra fuss.

I'm going for the bargain!

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I may have celebrated too quickly. I received an email from amazon that the US shipment of this book is delayed but no mention of the new date. :(  When I ordered it months ago, we were promised June 3, 2019.

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1 hour ago, Roberta said:

I may have celebrated too quickly. I received an email from amazon that the US shipment of this book is delayed but no mention of the new date. :(  When I ordered it months ago, we were promised June 3, 2019.

Amazon tells me today to expect it June 5. I'm pretty sure that was the original expectation.

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28 minutes ago, California said:

Amazon tells me today to expect it June 5. I'm pretty sure that was the original expectation.

Thanks. I can wait two days, for sure.  The email today from Amazon apologized that the book wasn't coming today, so some people received the June 3rd date.

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1 hour ago, Roberta said:

Thanks. I can wait two days, for sure.  The email today from Amazon apologized that the book wasn't coming today, so some people received the June 3rd date.

New message just now: delivered June 4. I don't buy/read every dance biography that comes along, but I've become more interested in seeing how Ratmansky has reconstructed some of Petipa's work. 

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Strand Bookstore in NY had several reviewer copies for half price.
I bought one last week for $17.50. It's beautiful - very detailed,
500 pages, 2 sections of photographs. I checked on line - they
are still showing available copies for pick-up or mail delivery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22 hours ago, California said:

New message just now: delivered June 4. I don't buy/read every dance biography that comes along, but I've become more interested in seeing how Ratmansky has reconstructed some of Petipa's work. 

Mine came today, too. After all of the messaging from Amazon, it was only a one-day delay. LOL.  We can say that they care for their customers.

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Mine is supposed to be here today! Very much looking forward to reading this!

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It's a winner! After work, I missed my aquatics class and went straight home, to begin reading. It's an easy and delightful read so far, yet very well researched with known and heretofore-unknown primary and secondary sources, including the unpublished bio by daughter Vera Petipa. The illustrations are nice, some of them new to these eyes BUT...for the full illustrated explosion, I fear that I may have to acquire the 2-part jumbo "Tanzmania" catalogue of the St. P Theatre Museum (5,500 rubles/$85 + whatever the int'l shipping may cost, which must be a huge amount...it may be cheaper to jump on a plane and carry it back home):

https://theatremuseum.ru/shop/dancemania

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