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A to Z of American Women in the Performing Arts
     

A to Z of American Women in the Performing Arts

by Liz Sonneborn
 
Covering Gracie Allen to Tammy Wynette, the author of A to Z of American Women in the Visual Arts showcases 150 notable US performers—many of whom serve(d) as female role models. Entries include the woman's basic biographical data and contributions as an artist. The book includes some 50 b&w photos, recommended reading and recorded performances, sources,

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Covering Gracie Allen to Tammy Wynette, the author of A to Z of American Women in the Visual Arts showcases 150 notable US performers—many of whom serve(d) as female role models. Entries include the woman's basic biographical data and contributions as an artist. The book includes some 50 b&w photos, recommended reading and recorded performances, sources, and entries by genre and year of birth. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Library Journal
Sonneborn (A to Z of Native American Women) prepared this new A-to-Z reference to "provide an introduction to 150 performers, selected as representatives of the wide range of experience women have had in the American entertainment industry." In addition, she aimed to cover as wide a time frame and as many professions as possible. While the book itself is somewhat slight, the individual entries are never fewer than two columns and are frequently longer; the length of each entry varies according to the length and relative importance of a given performer's career. The entries include listings of recommended recorded and videotaped performances, often contain photographs, and conclude with short (one- or two-title) bibliographies. As with any listing of this nature, disagreement will quickly erupt over who was and was not included. This work is heavily weighted toward film actresses, with lesser representation of singers, musicians, and theater actresses. Examples from the silver screen include Lauren Bacall, Hattie McDaniel, Ida Lupino, and Judy Garland; contemporary modern actresses include Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster, and Julia Roberts. Singers of all types of music from opera to blues, jazz, and country are represented, among them Aretha Franklin, Florence Mills, Marian Anderson, Joni Mitchell, Jessye Norman, Patti Smith, and Etta James. The least covered group are dancers (with entries on Martha Graham, Josephine Baker, and Marie Tallchief), musicians, and other types of performers. The lively, engaging style is perfectly suited to the report-writing, source-seeking student as well as to the casual reader who wants some, but not too much, information. Highly recommended for public and school libraries. J. Sara Paulk, Coastal Plain Reg. Lib., Tifton, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816043989
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Series:
Facts on File Library of American History
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
7.48(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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