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Jennifer B. McDonaldDiaghilev, as one gathers from Sjeng Scheijen's meaty and rigorously researched new biography, could never have been any other than he was—a brilliant promoter of innovation, an unapologetic lover of chaos, an impeccable judge of both art and the public's hunger for it…The dominant facets of that life…are well chronicled. The contribution of Scheijen…is a scholarly synthesis of previous accounts, buttressed by material from heretofore unplumbed archives. His Diaghilev: A Life is especially excellent on its subject's formative years, on how the chubby boy became the hedonist to whom, as Cocteau once wrote, "life was tolerable only to the extent to which he could summon up marvels."
—The New York Times