Willa Cather and the Dance: 'A Most Satisfying Elegance' (Hardcover)

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Anna Pavlova's revolutionary debut in 1910 at the Metropolitan Opera House captivated the nation and introduced Americans to the charms of modern ballet. Willa Cather was among the first intellectuals to recognize that dance had suddenly been elevated into a new art form, and she quickly trained herself to become one of the leading balletomanes of her era. Willa Cather and the Dance traces the writer's dance education, starting with the ten-page explication she wrote in 1913 for McClure's magazine called Training for the Ballet. Cather's interest was sustained through her entire canon as she utilized characters, scenes, and images from almost all of the important dance productions that played in New York.

About the Author

Wendy K. Perriman earned her doctorate at Drew University, winning the Chamberlain Prize for best dissertation. She taught at Drew University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781611474091
ISBN-10: 1611474094
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2009
Pages: 370
Language: English
Series: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Series on Willa Cather