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Toni BentleyIt has never been done, what Jennifer Homans has done in Apollo's Angels. She has written the only truly definitive history of the most impossibly fantastic art form, ballet…She has taken this world where wilis, virgins, sylphs, sleeping princesses, the "women in white" embody the eternal—the eternally unattainable—and set it into the fabric of world history, and we see, miraculously, their pale tulle and satin pointes peeking out from the crevices of war, of revolutions, of political machinations, and on the stages of the monarchies and empires of the kings and czars who gave birth to this improbable art. Homans's accomplishment is akin to setting the most delicate and beautiful of all the imperial Fabergé eggs into a fissure high on Mount Rushmore and tracking its unlikely survival.
—The New York Times