LETTER TO THE WORLD by Trudy Garfunkel


The Life and Dances of Martha Graham
Age Range: 10 & up
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 This is a useful biography that does not fully capture the excitement of Graham's work, but does fill the niche that opened up when Walter Terry's 1975 Frontiers of Dance went out of print. Martha Graham died in 1991, almost 97 years old and still active as a choreographer. Her impact on the world of dance is renowned; the Martha Graham Dance Company celebrates its 70th anniversary in 1996. Any biography of this modern dancer also introduces an awareness of the performing arts in America during the 20th century, although Garfunkel's is clumsy in its attempt to provide historical perspective (e.g., she mentions Pearl Harbor, then states that WW II had little impact on Graham's work). Graham was a very strong woman and proud of her work, but also kept a sense of perspective that should appeal to young readers: ``I was not a revolutionary at all. I just walked a little further.'' (index, bibliography, b&w photos) (Biography. 10+)

Pub Date: May 2nd, 1995
ISBN: 0-316-30413-1
Page count: 92pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1995