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Nov 01, 2022 | ISBN 9780812994308

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“It was one of the highlights of my life to know George Balanchine personally and professionally. I truly loved this man, but he certainly wasn’t perfect. Jennifer Homans’s meticulously researched Mr. B gives us an artist who is as complicated, and even flawed, as he was groundbreaking and brilliant. It is a fascinating read about a true genius and his unrelenting thirst for beauty in art and in life.”—Mikhail Baryshnikov

“A magisterial biography…sensitive, stately, and often thrilling…Mr. B is a serious act of cultural retrieval.”New York Times

“An intricate, meticulously researched biography of the revered and controversial dance icon . . . engrossing, vivid . . . the definitive account.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Jennifer Homans has not only resurrected George Balanchine, she has restored the Russia that disappeared out from behind him. More remarkably, she pins dance to the page with the precision, intensity, and range her subject prized. The result is lyrical and commanding, among the most electrifying pas de deux you’re likely to find on the biography shelf.”—Stacy Schiff

“This isn’t dutiful biography, this is literature as vibrant and alive as Balanchine’s art.”—Gary Shteyngart

“An extraordinary biography by one of America’s most prominent dance writers . . . the level of detail and depth of research are mind boggling, but most compelling are Homans’s insights into Balanchine’s emotional and spiritual life . . . Homans writes with the care and lyricism of a poet and every page is a joy.”Lit Hub

“A must-read biography . . . an indispensable reference book for anyone who cares about ballet, viewers and performers alike.”Fjord Review

“A masterful rendition of Europe’s twentieth-century cultural history. It’s a magnificent achievement.”—Jan T. Gross

“Captures the full complexity of Balanchine’s life and art, placing both in a historical context that makes for a riveting narrative. I can’t imagine anyone ever writing a better book about this genius. . . a masterpiece.”—Amanda Vaill

“With unique expertise in ballet…Homans shows rare insider understanding of Balanchine’s inexhaustible creativity…a magnificent and enthralling biography with an epic historical sweep.”—Marina Warner

Mr. B is brilliant—there is nothing of its kind…Homans brings a keen historian’s mind and a dancer’s physical knowledge to her unflinching account of Balanchine’s life.”—Heather Watts, former principal dancer, New York City Ballet

Mr. B is awe-inspiring. The evocative writing and research that is as deep as it is meticulous make me feel like I am right there with Balanchine.”—Merrill Ashley, former principal dancer, New York City Ballet

“Homans’s Balanchine is a charming, supremely competent but also romantic figure. . . . Homans, an ex-ballerina who trained at Balanchine’s School of American Ballet, knows this world well and combines marvelous re-creations of dances—‘she leaned, spiderlike, almost crawling on his spine’—with novelistic evocations of character. The result is a revelatory, aptly melodramatic portrait of Balanchine and his aesthetic.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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