Dance Writings & Poetry
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New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press, 1998. Gray cloth cover, [xiv], 320 pp, gifter's inscription inside cover. From Library Journal: Denby (1903-83), a major dance critic as well as a poet, wrote for Modern Music (1936-42), the New York Herald Tribune (1942-45), and many dance magazines. In his writings, he passionately reflected on the art form, observing the emergence and development of many seminal figures, including George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Leonide Massine, and Frederick Ashton. When read chronologically, his observations on specific performances, dance criticism, and the meaning of dance amount to the creation of a dance aesthetic that he shared with readers for more than 30 years. His literary talents also found an outlet in the writing of librettos and poetry. Although Denby's writings have been compiled before, most notably in Dancers, Buildings, and People in the Street (1965), this volume is the only one currently in print. Denby's significant voice should be added to all collections in which he is not already represented. A Joan Stahl, National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. VG+, tight spine.