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Random House Trade.
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For more than four hundred years, the art of ballet has stood at
the center of Western civilization. Its traditions serve as a
record of our past. Lavishly illustrated and beautifully told,
Apollo’s Angels—the first cultural history of ballet ever
written—is a groundbreaking work. From ballet’s origins in the
Renaissance and the codification of its basic steps and positions
under France’s Louis XIV (himself an avid dancer), the art form
wound its way through the courts of Europe, from Paris and Milan
to Vienna and St. Petersburg. In the twentieth century, émigré
dancers taught their art to a generation in the United States and
in Western Europe, setting off a new and radical transformation
of dance. Jennifer Homans, a historian, critic, and former
professional ballerina, wields a knowledge of dance born of
dedicated practice. Her admiration and love for the ballet, as
Entertainment Weekly notes, brings “a dancer’s grace and
sure-footed agility to the page.”
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES
BOOK REVIEW • LOS ANGELES TIMES • SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE •