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“We set our sights on each other almost from the beginning.”

So begins The Master’s Muse, an exquisite, deeply affecting novel about the true love affair between two artistic legends: George Balanchine, the Russian ÉmigrÉ to America who is widely considered the Shakespeare of dance, and his wife and muse, Tanaquil Le Clercq.

Copenhagen, 1956: Tanaquil Le Clercq, known as Tanny, is a gorgeous, talented, and spirited young ballerina whose dreams are coming true. She is married to the love of her life, George Balanchine— the famous mercurial director of New York City Ballet. She dances the best roles in his newest creations, has been featured in fashion magazines and television dramas, socializes with the country’s most renowned artists and intellectuals, and has become a star around the world. But one fateful evening, only hours after performing, Tanny falls suddenly and gravely ill; she awakens from a feverous sleep to find that she can no longer move her legs.

Tanny is diagnosed with polio and Balanchine quits the ballet to devote himself to caring for his wife. He crafts exercises to help her regain her strength, deepening their partnership and love for each other. But in the ensuing years, after Tanny discovers she will never walk again, their relationship is challenged as she endeavors to create a new identity for herself and George returns to the company, choreographing ballets inspired by the ever-younger, more beautiful and talented dancers. Their marriage is put to the ultimate test as Tanny battles to redefine her dreams and George throws himself into his art.

The Master’s Muse is an evocative imagining of the deep yet complicated love between a smart, beautiful woman and her charismatic, ambitious husband; it is the story of an extraordinary collaboration in art and in life.

Review:

"Choreographer George Balanchine's fifth wife, ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq, never wrote about her relationship with her husband, but if she had we can only hope it would be as graceful and penetrating as what O'Connor portrays in her fourth novel (after The Cure). In 1956, four years into their marriage, George and 'Tanny' arrive in Copenhagen to perform. But in this fateful year, when only the youngest dancers were being given Salk's vaccine, the 27-year-old Tanny contracts polio. Though she is having problems with George, then 52, he stays by her side, and the two seem to grow together, perhaps because of George's ability to 'strengthen' her, combined with her own dedication to transforming. Even when Tanny, confined to her wheelchair, can no longer bring herself to attend the ballet, and their marriage suffers as George lusts after a new young dancer, they continue to respect one another. Although the theme of a mind caged in a broken body has been explored, Tanny's inner turmoil as a dancer once desired for her daring is particular in its utter devastation. This passionate novel not only gives a glimpse into the ballet world of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, its eccentric characters bring the story to life. Agent: Joy Harris, the Joy Harris Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

“We set our sights on each other almost from the beginning.”

So begins The Master’s Muse, an exquisite, deeply affecting novel about the true love affair between two artistic legends: George Balanchine, the Russian émigré to America who is widely considered the Shakespeare of dance, and his wife and muse, Tanaquil Le Clercq.

Copenhagen, 1956: Tanaquil Le Clercq, known as Tanny, is a gorgeous, talented, and spirited young ballerina whose dreams are coming true. She is married to the love of her life, George Balanchine— the famous mercurial director of New York City Ballet. She dances the best roles in his newest creations, has been featured in fashion magazines and television dramas, socializes with the country’s most renowned artists and intellectuals, and has become a star around the world. But one fateful evening, only hours after performing, Tanny falls suddenly and gravely ill; she awakens from a feverous sleep to find that she can no longer move her legs.

Tanny is diagnosed with polio and Balanchine quits the ballet to devote himself to caring for his wife. He crafts exercises to help her regain her strength, deepening their partnership and love for each other. But in the ensuing years, after Tanny discovers she will never walk again, their relationship is challenged as she endeavors to create a new identity for herself and George returns to the company, choreographing ballets inspired by the ever-younger, more beautiful and talented dancers. Their marriage is put to the ultimate test as Tanny battles to redefine her dreams and George throws himself into his art.

The Master’s Muse is an evocative imagining of the deep yet complicated love between a smart, beautiful woman and her charismatic, ambitious husband; it is the story of an extraordinary collaboration in art and in life.

Synopsis:

In the tradition of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife comes an unforgettable novel based on the life of George Balanchine’s fifth wife, a star ballerina whose career was cut short after she contracted polio at age twenty-six.

Once author Varley O’Connor, the daughter of a polio survivor, came across the facts about Tanaquil (Tanny) Le Clercq, she could not get the story out of her mind. O’Connor dug deeper, reading countless articles and interviews, and watching hundreds of hours of documentaries and New York City Ballet footage to capture Le Clercq’s essence. The result is an evocative, compelling portrayal of the seventeen-year marriage between George Balanchine—the ballet master credited with creating an American style of dance—and his final wife, Tanaquil Le Clercq. 

In 1956, hours after performing with the New York City Ballet in Copenhagen, Tanny fell suddenly and gravely ill, awaking from a feverous sleep only to find that she could no longer move her legs. Balanchine quit the ballet for a year to care for his wife, crafting exercises to help her regain her strength, deepening their partnership and love for one another. In the ensuing years, after Tanny discovers she will never walk again, her marriage is challenged as she endeavors to create a new identity for herself and George returns to the company, choreographing new ballets inspired by the ever-younger, more beautiful and talented dancers.

Set against the backdrop of fashionable, creative New York of the 1960s and 70s, The Master’s Muse tells the remarkable true story of two artistic legends whose profound love and complicated relationship forever changed American cultural history.

About the Author

Varley O’Connor is the author of three novels. She teaches fiction and creative nonfiction writing at Kent State University and for the Northeast Ohio Universities Consortium MFA program.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451655384
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Oconnor, Varley
Author:
O'Connor, Varley
Publisher:
Scribner
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120508
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Choreographer George Balanchine's fifth wife, ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq, never wrote about her relationship with her husband, but if she had we can only hope it would be as graceful and penetrating as what O'Connor portrays in her fourth novel (after The Cure). In 1956, four years into their marriage, George and 'Tanny' arrive in Copenhagen to perform. But in this fateful year, when only the youngest dancers were being given Salk's vaccine, the 27-year-old Tanny contracts polio. Though she is having problems with George, then 52, he stays by her side, and the two seem to grow together, perhaps because of George's ability to 'strengthen' her, combined with her own dedication to transforming. Even when Tanny, confined to her wheelchair, can no longer bring herself to attend the ballet, and their marriage suffers as George lusts after a new young dancer, they continue to respect one another. Although the theme of a mind caged in a broken body has been explored, Tanny's inner turmoil as a dancer once desired for her daring is particular in its utter devastation. This passionate novel not only gives a glimpse into the ballet world of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, its eccentric characters bring the story to life. Agent: Joy Harris, the Joy Harris Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , “We set our sights on each other almost from the beginning.”

So begins The Master’s Muse, an exquisite, deeply affecting novel about the true love affair between two artistic legends: George Balanchine, the Russian émigré to America who is widely considered the Shakespeare of dance, and his wife and muse, Tanaquil Le Clercq.

Copenhagen, 1956: Tanaquil Le Clercq, known as Tanny, is a gorgeous, talented, and spirited young ballerina whose dreams are coming true. She is married to the love of her life, George Balanchine— the famous mercurial director of New York City Ballet. She dances the best roles in his newest creations, has been featured in fashion magazines and television dramas, socializes with the country’s most renowned artists and intellectuals, and has become a star around the world. But one fateful evening, only hours after performing, Tanny falls suddenly and gravely ill; she awakens from a feverous sleep to find that she can no longer move her legs.

Tanny is diagnosed with polio and Balanchine quits the ballet to devote himself to caring for his wife. He crafts exercises to help her regain her strength, deepening their partnership and love for each other. But in the ensuing years, after Tanny discovers she will never walk again, their relationship is challenged as she endeavors to create a new identity for herself and George returns to the company, choreographing ballets inspired by the ever-younger, more beautiful and talented dancers. Their marriage is put to the ultimate test as Tanny battles to redefine her dreams and George throws himself into his art.

The Master’s Muse is an evocative imagining of the deep yet complicated love between a smart, beautiful woman and her charismatic, ambitious husband; it is the story of an extraordinary collaboration in art and in life.

"Synopsis" by , In the tradition of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife comes an unforgettable novel based on the life of George Balanchine’s fifth wife, a star ballerina whose career was cut short after she contracted polio at age twenty-six.

Once author Varley O’Connor, the daughter of a polio survivor, came across the facts about Tanaquil (Tanny) Le Clercq, she could not get the story out of her mind. O’Connor dug deeper, reading countless articles and interviews, and watching hundreds of hours of documentaries and New York City Ballet footage to capture Le Clercq’s essence. The result is an evocative, compelling portrayal of the seventeen-year marriage between George Balanchine—the ballet master credited with creating an American style of dance—and his final wife, Tanaquil Le Clercq. 

In 1956, hours after performing with the New York City Ballet in Copenhagen, Tanny fell suddenly and gravely ill, awaking from a feverous sleep only to find that she could no longer move her legs. Balanchine quit the ballet for a year to care for his wife, crafting exercises to help her regain her strength, deepening their partnership and love for one another. In the ensuing years, after Tanny discovers she will never walk again, her marriage is challenged as she endeavors to create a new identity for herself and George returns to the company, choreographing new ballets inspired by the ever-younger, more beautiful and talented dancers.

Set against the backdrop of fashionable, creative New York of the 1960s and 70s, The Master’s Muse tells the remarkable true story of two artistic legends whose profound love and complicated relationship forever changed American cultural history.

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