Jerome Robbins: A Life in Dance

Jerome Robbins: A Life in Dance

by Wendy Lesser

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Overview

From the prizewinning Jewish Lives series, a lively and inspired biography celebrating the centennial of this master choreographer, dancer, and stage director

Jerome Robbins (1918–1998) was born Jerome Wilson Rabinowitz and grew up in Weehawken, New Jersey, where his Russian-Jewish immigrant parents owned the Comfort Corset Company. Robbins, who was drawn to dance at a young age, resisted the idea of joining the family business. In 1936 he began working with Gluck Sandor, who ran a dance group and convinced him to change his name to Jerome Robbins. He went on to become a choreographer and director who worked in ballet, on Broadway, and in film. His stage productions include West Side Story, Peter Pan, and Fiddler on the Roof. In this deft biography, Wendy Lesser presents Jerome Robbins’s life through his major dances, providing a sympathetic, detailed portrait of her subject.

About Jewish Lives: 

Jewish Lives is a prizewinning series of interpretative biography designed to explore the many facets of Jewish identity. Individual volumes illuminate the imprint of Jewish figures upon literature, religion, philosophy, politics, cultural and economic life, and the arts and sciences. Subjects are paired with authors to elicit lively, deeply informed books that explore the range and depth of the Jewish experience from antiquity to the present.

In 2014, the Jewish Book Council named Jewish Lives the winner of its Jewish Book of the Year Award, the first series ever to receive this award.

More praise for Jewish Lives:

"Excellent" –New York Times

"Exemplary" –Wall Street Journal

"Distinguished" –New Yorker

"Superb" –The Guardian

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300197594
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Series: Jewish Lives
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 1,264,775
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Wendy Lesser is the founder and editor of The Threepenny Review and the author of a novel and ten previous books of nonfiction, including the widely acclaimed You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn. She has written for the New York Times Book Review, the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, and other publications.

Table of Contents

Overture 1

Fancy Free 12

Age of Anxiety 28

The King and I 39

The Cage 56

Afternoon of a Faun 69

West Side Story 85

Fiddler on the Roof 104

Dances at a Gathering 119

The Goldberg Variations 135

In Memory Of … 155

Coda 170

Notes 181

Acknowledgments 191

Index 193

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