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The Making of Markova: Diaghilev's Baby Ballerina to Groundbreaking Icon Hardcover – August 1, 2013
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“Chock-full of colorful, telling details, fascinating insights, and charming anecdotes that it makes for a thoroughly engaging read. Sutton’s book is a captivating portrait of a remarkable life to savor slowly.” (The Boston Globe)
“The pas de deux would seem the most unlikely topic to yield a page-turner, but Sutton has done it with her fascinating portrait of Alicia Markova. Sutton’s poignant, playful Markova shatters the stereotype of the pampered aesthete and deftly places her at the center of an era of breathtaking artistic ferment.” (Greg Dawson, author of Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy's Story of Survival)
“The Making of Markova is both a surprisingly intimate portrait of one of Britain’s and ballet’s truly great souls and a sweeping depiction of the kinetic, star-studded world of international ballet in the first half of the twentieth century. Tina Sutton’s lucid, deft and limber style admirably suits her subject.” (Paul Thomas Murphy, author of Shooting Victoria, a New York Times Notable Book)
“Sutton’s sense of wonderment lights up every page of this utterly transporting story of discipline, commitment, hardship, and steely self- reliance. Sutton brings Markova and her world to scintillating life in this ravishing biography of perpetual motion, limelight and darkness, courage and creativity.” (Booklist, STARRED REVIEW)
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Such a beautiful book, and I bought two, hoping to give it to a ballerina student.Published 1 month ago by Joyce H.
Fascinating, especially for an admirer who was lucky enough to see her dance in "Giselle" in the forties.Published on July 20, 2014 by Mason
A beautifully written, fascinating historical biography of British ballerina Markova. Couldn't put it down...learned so much about pre and post war ballet history... Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by Karen Young
This book explores in depth the trials and tribulations of Markova and has given me new appreciation for her talent and a new perspective on her life and her contributions to her... Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by EL
I was interested at what great talent and trials one goes through for their art. She was given a gift and used it well.Published on February 21, 2014 by Sheila
The author did a great job placing Alicia Markova in the wider cultural context of the world she danced in, from pre WWII anti-Semetism in Europe and the waning years of the Ballet... Read morePublished on February 19, 2014 by LiteraryTriathlete