Letter to the World: The Life and Dances of Martha Graham

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Overview

This biography introduces readers to one of Americas most inspirational & successful dancers & choreographers. Born in 1894, Graham dreamed of being a performer — a profession her parents did not support. But she did eventually win over her family, as well as the entire nation, with her passion & her persistence. After a brief apprenticeship, she formed her own company & forged a new style of movement. She was able to perform until she was 74 years old & to continue choreographing until her death at the age of 96. Includes 31 B&W photos of her life & dances, & details of more than 20 of the dances she choreographed & performed.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Garfunkel's (On Wings of Joy: The Story of Ballet from the 16th Century to Today) examination of the brilliant choreographer (and ``America's most renowned dancer'') is, in large part, a distillation of material found in Martha Graham's autobiographies. Employing a straightforward chronological approach, she traces Graham's life, from her sheltered childhood in the dreary coal town of Allegheny, Pa., through her unlikely entrance into professional study at the relatively advanced age of 22 and her subsequent extraordinary career in modern dance. Liberally sprinkled with photos of performances and personal moments, the book focuses on Graham's seemingly boundless determination to see her work performed and accepted by an often reluctant public. Much attention is given to the creation of specific Graham dances, with information on their staging, meanings and impact. While Garfunkel is an obvious Graham devote, she includes frank if brief discussions of such subjects as Graham's alcoholism. Some readers may be overwhelmed by esoteric discussions of the beauty of dance and of Graham's unique style, but this volume otherwise affords a useful introduction to the dancer and the dance. Ages 10-up. (May)
Children's Literature - Rae Valabek
Written by an author who loves to attend dance performances, this book is richly detailed with facts about Martha Graham's life and accompanied by excellent photographs. Graham was born in 1894, performed until she was seventy-four, and choreographed until her death at ninety-six. Her persistence and her love of dance led Graham to become one of America's most inspirational and successful dancers and choreographers. Garfunkel's book is a tribute to Graham's persistence and her love of dance.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
For youngsters eager for more about gifted dancers or a well-written biography, have on hand: Trudy Garfunkel's Letter to the World: The Life and Dances of Martha Graham.
Mary Harris Veeder
The grounding metaphor of Garfunkel's biography of Graham is dance as language, and Graham's transformative role in American dance comes to life here. The facts of where she grew up and what her dances represented are presented as part of the larger story of not only American dance and art, but also twentieth-century culture and the pattern of artists' lives. Garfunkel's clear, detailed explanation of what dance had been in America will show young readers that "modern dance" is a relatively new art form. The author also discusses the relation of Graham's movement to breathing, examines the technical aspects of the movements she invented and perfected, and takes a critical look at particular dances. The black-and-white photos are important, especially for readers who may only have seen pictures of Graham at the end of her life. Bibliography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316304139
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.49 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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