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Fred Astaire (Icons of America)

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Joseph Epsteinand#8217;s Fred Astaire investigates the great dancerand#8217;s magical talent, taking up the story of his life, his personality, his work habits, his modest pretensions, and above all his accomplishments. Written with the wit and grace the subject deserves, Fred Astaire provides a remarkable portrait of this extraordinary artist and how he came to embody for Americans a fantasy of easy elegance and, paradoxically, of democratic aristocracy.

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Tracing Astaireand#8217;s life from his birth in Omaha to his death in his late eighties in Hollywood, the book discusses his early days with his talented and outspoken sister Adele, his gifts as a singer (Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern all delighted in composing for Astaire), and his many movie dance partners, among them Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth, Eleanor Powell, and Betty Hutton. A key chapter of the book is devoted to Astaireand#8217;s somewhat unwilling partnership with Ginger Rogers, the woman with whom he danced most dazzlingly. What emerges from these pages is a fascinating view of an American era, seen through the accomplishments of Fred Astaire, an unassuming but uncompromising performer who transformed entertainment into art and gave America a new yet enduring standard for style.

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Synopsis:

Written with the wit and grace the subject deserves, "Fred Astaire" provides a remarkable portrait of this extraordinary artist, chronicling how he came to embody for Americans a fantasy of easy elegance and, in a more complicated manner, of democratic aristocracy.

About the Author

Joseph Epstein is the author of, among other books, Snobbery, Friendship, and Fabulous Small Jews. He has been editor of American Scholar and has written for the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Commentary, Town and Country, and other magazines.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300116953
Author:
Epstein, Joseph
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Miller, Mark Crispin
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Dancers
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Dancers
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Astaire, Fred
Subject:
Dancers -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Icons of America
Publication Date:
20091006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 b/w illus.
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.9 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Written with the wit and grace the subject deserves, "Fred Astaire" provides a remarkable portrait of this extraordinary artist, chronicling how he came to embody for Americans a fantasy of easy elegance and, in a more complicated manner, of democratic aristocracy.
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