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Mr. B by Jennifer Homans
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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

“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, author of Cleopatra and The Revolutionary

“This isn’t dutiful biography, this is literature as vibrant and alive as Balanchine’s art.”—Gary Shteyngart, author of Our Country Friends and Super Sad True Love Story

“Beautifully written, Mr. B. provides a masterful rendition of Europe’s twentieth-century cultural history. It’s a magnificent achievement that builds upon the author’s critically admired Apollo’s Angels.”—Jan T. Gross, author of Fear and Neighbors

”Spacious, brilliant, human, and gorgeously written, Mr. B 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. . . . Mr. B is a masterpiece.”—Amanda Vaill, author of Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins

“With unique expertise in ballet and what it means to dance, Jennifer Homans shows rare insider understanding of Balanchine’s inexhaustible creativity. Mr. B is a magnificent and enthralling biography with an epic historical sweep.”—Marina Warner, author of Stranger Magic

Mr. B is brilliant—there is nothing of its kind. Jennifer Homans brings a keen historian’s mind and a dancer’s physical knowledge to her unflinching account of Balanchine’s life and genius.”—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. This book has taught me so much, even about the era I lived through.”—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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