Father of ballet in America Oct 25, 2007
A terrific biography of one of the most brilliant, complex and creative minds of the 20th century. Lincoln Kirstein was responsible, more than anyone else, of establishing the tradition of classical dance in the United States by his almost single-handed creation of the New York City Ballet, along with his nurturing of George Balanchine, the genius of modern ballet. Duberman's incredibly well-researched biography leaves nothing out--Kirstein's bi-polar, bi-sexual, erratic and erotic personality and the string of notable and obscure figures who came his way and were grist for his endlessly transformative qualities of mind. He was also the most generous of men, mentoring and supporting countless artists and friends in in their times of greatest need. Except for the few periods when his inner demons rendered him powerless and pitiful, his life was a relentless juggernaut of ideas and charm and creativity that made him unforgetable in the memories of all who encountered him. This is a great account of a great life.