In this new biography, Ted Shawn is on display in all his narcissism, paternalism, hypocrisy, originality, and the dedication to creative expression that set American modern dance on its way.
Oxford University Press
Ethan Mordden’s exhaustive take on Barbra Streisand may not be what diehard fans are looking for.
In its efforts to cram so much information into so small a space, the narrative becomes unfocused.
While Beth Genné proffers a terrific take on dance and its social context, she exhibits a shaky grasp of musical-theater history.
“Resistance is futile. But resistance seems necessary.”
The biography offers a fascinating look at Frances Coke Villiers’s tale of rebellion, the plight of a memorable woman during a tumultuous time.
The history and process of judicial selection — dispassionately detailed.
Focusing on these indomitable and sometimes troubling women, Fought has written an engaging book that is compelling, sometimes even fierce.
May this superb biography, The Invention of Angela Carter, spark more interest in this amazing writer, especially in the United States.
Tony Fletcher’s research is impeccable, his sources are unimpeachable, and his style is thoroughly engaging.