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Margot Fonteyn: A Life

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The legend of Margot Fonteyn has touched every ballet dancer who has come after her, and her genius endures in the memory of anyone who saw her dance. Yet until now, the complete story of her life has remained untold. Meredith Daneman, a novelist and former dancer, reveals the fascinating story of Peggy Hookham, a little girl from suburban England, who grew up to become a Dame of the British Empire and the most famous ballerina in the world.

This completely riveting and definitive biography chronicles Fontey‛s early years and her intense connection to her mother, the“Black Quee”; her loves in bohemian thirties and forties London; her relationship with her balletic Svengali, Frederick Ashton; her conquest of New York with the Sadle‛s Wells Ballet; and her final years in Panama with her husband, Roberto Arias. Daneman reflects on Fontey‛s“lyricism and limpid purity of line, so potent with theatrical moment that even film cannot capture i” and the world of ballet from the birth of the British Royal Ballet to Rudolf Nureyev, her final partner and rumored lover.

Balletomanes and readers of biography alike will applaud Danema‛s vivid, insightful, and highly entertaining work. Based on more than ten years of research and lavishly illustrated with beautiful and evocative photographs, Margot Fonteyn is an exquisite biography that is supremely worthy of its alluring subject.

Review:

"Margot Fonteyn (1919 — 1991) earned her title of prima ballerina assoluta with her elegant presence, exquisite musicality and eloquent line. She was Frederick Ashton's muse, Rudolf Nureyev's partner and, for more than 40 years, the ideal of the English ballet style. As Daneman relates in this admiring and compulsively readable biography, well before forging her partnership with Nureyev, Fonteyn was a star, Britain's 'Queen of Ballet.' She was already in her early 40s when Nureyev defected in 1961 and she danced Giselle with him; despite the 20-year age gap, the unlikely pair generated magic on stage. Fonteyn was rejuvenated as a dancer: her career lasted an additional 15 years. But in Daneman's astute telling, Fonteyn's personal life proves more fascinating than her dance legend. She performed in London during the blitz, becoming 'a national mascot,' and was discovered in her hotel bed with a lover the night German troops entered the Hague. She had many lovers (Nureyev perhaps among them) before marrying Roberto Arias in 1955; Arias was a former Panamanian ambassador suspected of planning a coup against the government of President Ernesto de la Guarda. Fonteyn gave her final performance in the early 1970s and then retired to Panama to live with Arias, who had been paralyzed in an assassination attempt. Daneman has impeccable credentials: a graduate of London's Royal Ballet School and a former member of the Australian Ballet company, she's written four novels. Both critically sophisticated and dramatically compelling, this is a must-read for balletomanes as well as biography aficionados. Illus. not seen by PW.Agent, Esther Newberg at ICM. (On sale Oct. 11)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Meredith Daneman, a graduate of Londo‛s Royal Ballet School and former member of the Australian Ballet Company, has published four novels.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670843701
Subtitle:
A Life
Author:
Daneman, Meredith
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Subject:
General
Subject:
Dance - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Dancers
Subject:
Dance - Classical
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20041021
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
9.48x6.58x2.00 in. 2.24 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Margot Fonteyn (1919 — 1991) earned her title of prima ballerina assoluta with her elegant presence, exquisite musicality and eloquent line. She was Frederick Ashton's muse, Rudolf Nureyev's partner and, for more than 40 years, the ideal of the English ballet style. As Daneman relates in this admiring and compulsively readable biography, well before forging her partnership with Nureyev, Fonteyn was a star, Britain's 'Queen of Ballet.' She was already in her early 40s when Nureyev defected in 1961 and she danced Giselle with him; despite the 20-year age gap, the unlikely pair generated magic on stage. Fonteyn was rejuvenated as a dancer: her career lasted an additional 15 years. But in Daneman's astute telling, Fonteyn's personal life proves more fascinating than her dance legend. She performed in London during the blitz, becoming 'a national mascot,' and was discovered in her hotel bed with a lover the night German troops entered the Hague. She had many lovers (Nureyev perhaps among them) before marrying Roberto Arias in 1955; Arias was a former Panamanian ambassador suspected of planning a coup against the government of President Ernesto de la Guarda. Fonteyn gave her final performance in the early 1970s and then retired to Panama to live with Arias, who had been paralyzed in an assassination attempt. Daneman has impeccable credentials: a graduate of London's Royal Ballet School and a former member of the Australian Ballet company, she's written four novels. Both critically sophisticated and dramatically compelling, this is a must-read for balletomanes as well as biography aficionados. Illus. not seen by PW.Agent, Esther Newberg at ICM. (On sale Oct. 11)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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