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Vivacious and charming, ballerina Lydia Lopokova leapt to the height of fame with Diaghilev's legendary Ballets Russes. Then, a surprising marriage to renowned economist (and former homosexual) John Maynard Keynes catapulted her into an entirely different universe. Her extraordinary story is told here for the first time: it links the world of ballet with the Bloomsbury group including such remarkable individuals as Nijinsky, Picasso, Stravinsky, and Virginia Woolf and spans the past century’s most dramatic social, political, and cultural upheavals. Quoting from many of Lydia’s own writings, Judith Mackrell captures her intensely captivating, eccentric, and irreverent personality and claims her as a major character in both dance and world history.
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Judith Mackrell is a writer and Dance critic for the Guardian. She was the ghostwriter for Darcey Bussell's 'Life in Dance'. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.Review:
Thorough and absorbing * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * a superb new biography...Mackrell, with her insider's knowledge of ballet and theatre, lovingly recreates Lydia's many worlds * GAY & LESBIAN REVIEW * Mackrell captures the fizz of Lopokova's personality, her lovability, and makes her come alive. -- Alison Light * LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS * In this lovingly crafted biography, Judith Mackrell restores to life a colourful bohemian character... a warm memorial to an almost-forgotten star * OBSERVER * Judith Mackrell has used her resources to rescue the ballerina from an undeserved obscurity * CONTEMPORARY REVIEW *
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Book Description Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0297849085
Book Description Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110297849085