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(Anna) Pavlova: Portrait of a Dancer Hardcover – October 15, 1984


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; Illustrated edition (October 15, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670543942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670543946
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We ordered this biography for my daughter for a book report.
JamesNeilCooper
Pavlova is still a yardstick for what a prima ballerina should be and this book with its pictures justifies the adulation she gets and deserves.
Deborah Verlen
You will thoroughly enjoy this biography of Anna Pavlova written by a fellow prima ballerina herself, Dame Margot Fonteyn.
Helen Overfield

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nonesuch Explorers on March 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Like "Caruso, His Life in Pictures" by Francis Robinson, this is no mere coffee-table book. The story of Pavlova's life, mostly taken from her own words in interviews, is accompanied by marvelous studio and candid photographs. The narration by Margot Fonteyn is very quiet; you can almost hear her voice, speaking with a kind of hushed awe. Her description of Pavlova's traditional Russian Orthodox Church funeral is breathtaking.

Pavlova always tried to emphasize the importance of beauty in art and everyday life. Young men as well as women should read this.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Yvette Monique Ogden on March 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
...This book has something for everybody. Whether you know anything about Ballet and Pavlova or you've never heard of either.
Lots of very pretty photographs .Often uses Pavlovas own very inspirational words and quotations...
Is quite a large book a4 size which makes for great pics!
Gives enough of an insight into her lifestyle, muses ect to appeal to both the casual reader and hardcore ballet fans!
Especially recomended as a great intoduction to the work of this amazing artist!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Verlen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Anna Pavlova has fascinated me from grade school when I read my first biography of her and her dancing. This book is a wonderful addition to a ballet aficionado's library. Although I've read more comprehensive bios of Anna Pavlova, this one is one of my favorite books as it contains some of the most exquisite photographs of her in ballet poses, costume, and in private life. My favorite picture in the book is of her posing as Swanilda in Coppelia. The pose shows the playfulness, humor and artlessness of the character. She truly brings the character alive through just this one picture. Pavlova is still a yardstick for what a prima ballerina should be and this book with its pictures justifies the adulation she gets and deserves.
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