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4 saints in 3 acts: A snapshot of the American avant-garde in the 1930s

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ISBN 10: 1526113031 / ISBN 13: 9781526113030
Published by Manchester University Press
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Title: 4 saints in 3 acts: A snapshot of the ...

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Binding: Soft cover

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Four Saints in Three Acts by Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson was a major avant-garde phenomenon of the 1930s, an experimental opera that nonetheless achieved remarkable popular success. Photography was a key element of that success, but its complex roles in the construction, representation and dissemination of the opera have hitherto received little critical attention. The photographic recording of the all-African American cast in particular affords a unique insight into the complexities of Four Saints in relation to the Harlem Renaissance and the New York avant-gardes of the time.

This book, published in collaboration with The Photographers' Gallery, London, presents a wide selection of photographs of the cast, performances, and other material – many images reproduced for the first time – alongside essays by an international range of scholars exploring different aspects of the opera, including dance, fashion, music, and avant-garde writing, as well as photography.

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Patricia Allmer is Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

John Sears is an independent scholar

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