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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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The world's most famous choreographer becomes infatuated with a coltish young dancer who proves both siren and muse. A rising star plunges into an affair with a principal but finds that ecstasy on the stage can'tbe surpassed in the bed. A dying legend reflects on the evanescent beauty of a life of gesture, lost to everything but memory.

Each bittersweet story plants the reader amid a cast of dancers andchoreographers who struggle-valiantly, playfully, fiercely--to find in the rigorous discipline and animating beauty of ballet a counterbalance to the chaos of unscripted life. Many of the tales dare toimagine the inner lives of the century's titans-Balanchine, Fonteyn and Nureyev--which rival in emotional complexity and pathos the classic dramas they enacted onstage: La Bayadere, Don Quixote, SwanLake.

White Swan, Black Swan translates the pure and essential gestures of ballet into starkly elegant prose while showing the sweat and sex beneath the serene surface. AdrienneSharp's debut is a bravura performance.

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“Adrienne Sharp writes with breathtaking perception about the needs and desires of the body, its resilience and its vulnerabilities. Art, passion, history intersect with burning immediacy in this beautifully crafted book.”

–CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI

Author of The Mistress of Spices

The world’s most famous choreographer becomes infatuated with a talented young dancer who proves both siren and muse . . . A rising star plunges into an affair with a principal but finds that the ecstasy on the stage cannot be matched in the bedroom . . . A dying legend reflects on the fading beauty of a life in motion, lost to everything but memory. In this beguiling collection, Adrienne Sharp captures the essence and passion of ballet and its fleeting world and translates them into unforgettable stories. White Swan, Black Swan heralds the arrival of a unerringly graceful new voice in American fiction.

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Adrienne Sharp studied ballet from the age of seven and trained with the prestigious Harkness Ballet in New York. She received a master's degree with honors from the writing seminars at Johns Hopkins University and a Hoyns Fellowship in Fiction from the University of Virginia. She lives in California with her husband and two children.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307493101
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Subject:
Family & Relationships : Marriage
Author:
Adrienne Sharp
Author:
Sharp, Adrienne
Subject:
Fiction : Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Ballet dancers
Subject:
Ballet
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Self-Help/Relationships
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20021126
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
256

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White Swan, Black Swan
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Product details 256 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307493101 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , “Adrienne Sharp writes with breathtaking perception about the needs and desires of the body, its resilience and its vulnerabilities. Art, passion, history intersect with burning immediacy in this beautifully crafted book.”

–CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI

Author of The Mistress of Spices

The world’s most famous choreographer becomes infatuated with a talented young dancer who proves both siren and muse . . . A rising star plunges into an affair with a principal but finds that the ecstasy on the stage cannot be matched in the bedroom . . . A dying legend reflects on the fading beauty of a life in motion, lost to everything but memory. In this beguiling collection, Adrienne Sharp captures the essence and passion of ballet and its fleeting world and translates them into unforgettable stories. White Swan, Black Swan heralds the arrival of a unerringly graceful new voice in American fiction.

"Synopsis" by , Adrienne Sharp studied ballet from the age of seven and trained with the prestigious Harkness Ballet in New York. She received a master's degree with honors from the writing seminars at Johns Hopkins University and a Hoyns Fellowship in Fiction from the University of Virginia. She lives in California with her husband and two children.

From the Hardcover edition.

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