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Mr. B by Jennifer Homans
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Nov 07, 2023 | ISBN 9780812984781

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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 truly great work that changes everything, Mr. B has, in addition to superlative history and reporting, some of the most beautiful writing I have ever read—felt—about an art form that’s notoriously difficult to capture.”—Hilton Als

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

“A riveting portrait of a genius whose life spanned the 20th century.”Wall Street Journal 

“Gorgeous . . . Balanchine may have been a genius on an Olympian scale, but in Mr. B he’s relentlessly, alluringly human.”—Oprah Daily

“[A] gorgeous biography.”—People

“Monumental.”—The New York Review of Books

“An intricate, meticulously researched biography of the revered and controversial dance icon . . . 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. 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

“[R]evelatory . . . Homans, an ex-ballerina who trained at Balanchine’s School of American Ballet, knows this world well.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An extraordinary biography by one of America’s most prominent dance writers . . .”Lit Hub

“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. [A] masterpiece.”—Amanda Vaill

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

“Brilliant . . . 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

“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

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