The visionary choreographer and dancer Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) not only revolutionized dance in the twentieth century but blazed a path for other visionaries who would follow in her wake. While many biographies have explored Duncan's crucial role as one of the founders of modern dance, no other book has proved as critical-as both historical ...Read MoreThe visionary choreographer and dancer Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) not only revolutionized dance in the twentieth century but blazed a path for other visionaries who would follow in her wake. While many biographies have explored Duncan's crucial role as one of the founders of modern dance, no other book has proved as critical-as both historical record and vivid evocation of a riveting life-as her autobiography. From her early enchantment with classical music and poetry to her great successes abroad, to her sensational love affairs and headline-grabbing personal tragedies, Duncan's story is a dramatic one. My Life still stands alone as "a great document, revealing the truth of her life as she understood it, without reticence or apology or compromise" (New York Herald Tribune). Now, in this fully restored edition, with its risque recollections and fervent idealism, My Life can be appreciated by a new generation.Read Less
Good. 5" x 8" 359 pages. Reprint of the 1927 autobiography. Pages are age tanned. Blue covers have some edge wear and chipping and corners turned up. First few pages dog-eared. Illustrated with blackand white photos. Autobiography by the first of the modern dancers and one of the most prominent free-thinkers of our time. Describes her total commitment to establishing modern dance as a serious art form, leading the way for other great dance pioneers such as Agnes de Mille and Martha Graham. I confess that when it was first proposed to me I had a terror of writing this book. Not that my life has not been more interesting than any novel and more adventurous than any cinema and, if really well written, would not be an epoch-making recital, but there's the rub-the writing of it! For many years Isadora Duncan had planned to write an autobiography and she completed the work a few months before her tragic death. The manuscript was not in type before her death so she had no opporunity to read the proofs or to make corrections, and the work as it is now presented to the public is essentially as she wrote it.
Good/Wraps. Trade paperback, good condition, w. smwht rubbed wraps, marks. Sm tear on fr wrap nr sp edge. Lt tanning, sme lt soil on r. Ltly bumped corners, sme lt edgwr. Ltly curving fr wrap. Ltly tanned p. edges, sme lt soil. Ltly tanned ins wraps, pp. Sig on ins fr wrap, o/w cln, tight, unmarked.
Illustrated with Photographs from the Original Edition. Very Good. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Pages lightly browned, name and date of former owner on half title page, cover edges rubbed, light partial creases on top rear corner about 1/2" from tip. 359 pages.
I have read this book perhaps ten times over the past decades since I bought my first copy - Heaven only knows how long ago.
Although somewhat dated in style, and certain historical situations no longer even exist, her perspectives on the human and political conditions remain fresh and I think very contemporary. Her take on marriage, alone, ought to be that of every reasonable woman.
I love this book and the freedom of which it speaks. As an artist, I have found myself in similar circumstances, more than once, and politically, I am much in agreement with Isadora.
My point is, really, one could do worse than curl up with Isadora Duncan on a chilly night.
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