Barefoot Dancer: The Story of Isadora Duncan

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Her unconventional choreography, dancing and lifestyle made Isadora Duncan a controversial woman. Her life's story is presented in an interesting book that is illustrated with photographs.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
For youngsters eager for more about gifted dancers (or a well-written biography), have on hand: Barbara O'Connor's Barefoot Dancer: The Story of Isadora Duncan.
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Unwaveringly supported by a large, loving family and in spite of the most abject poverty, Isadora Duncan clung to her vision of the dance. So powerful was her determination, that she altered the entire world's concept of the art. This is the story of her glorious rise on the stage and her enormous personal tragedies, all told in a graceful, non-judgmental narration that will rivet advanced readers. Her life was a dramatic series of swirls and twirls like the modern dance she fashioned.
Mary Harris Veeder
From her idiosyncratic childhood to her dramatic death she choked to death when her shawl caught in the wheel spokes of a Bugati, Isadora Duncan was unlike anyone else. Illustrated with numerous photographs, O'Connor's biography explains how Duncan's dance and her personal life were unusual for the timesthough they may not seem so to the MTV generation. O'Connor, who does a fair job presenting both, is especially interesting when discussing Duncan's need for lovers and children, and her lifelong financial difficulties. Additional detail about Duncan's dance contemporaries and her method of training dancers would have been interesting, but this picture of Duncan as an artist driven by differences she's unable to nurture leaves a strong and sad impression.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876148075
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Series: Trailblazers Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 95
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.31 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

I. A Family of Artists 7
II. A New York Beginning 15
III. Tuning Her Instrument 24
IV. Dreams Fulfilled 35
V. Ted and Topsy 43
VI. A Millionaire to the Rescue 50
VII. Tragedy 59
VIII. Dancing Again 68
IX. The Russian Years 75
Afterword 86
Notes 88
Bibliography 91
Index 93
About the Author 96
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