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Jerome Robbins, by Himself

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Jerome Robbins, by Himself by Jerome Robbins
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Oct 01, 2019 | ISBN 9780451494665

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“Personal, revealing, and just plain fun … a grab-bag of musical-theatre nuggets.”

–Michael Giltz, Broadway Direct

“Impeccably edited and designed with unostentatious elegance, Jerome Robbins, by Himself is something not far removed from Robbins’s never-finished autobiography, a richly involving self-portrait of one of the most characteristic American artists of the 20th century.”

–Terry Teachout, Commentary

“Writing was the habit of a lifetime for the mind behind West Side Story, the man whose depiction of Sholem Aleichem’s Tevye stories in Fiddler on the Roof enjoyed a run on Broadway of more than 3,000 appearances. Ms. Vaill has produced a hit of her own out of Robbins’s letters, diaries, sketches and notes … a rich selection … filled with vivid details.”

–John Check, The Wall St. Journal

“A revelation … a captivating self-portrait, of the man, the artist, and his times.”

–Lew Whittington, New York Journal of Books

“A fascinating selection of illustrations, photographs, and writings … provocative and illuminating, this portrait will delight dance enthusiasts.”

Publishers Weekly

“These diaries and letters by a choreographer who wasn’t thought to be a writer, are as thrilling as they are revelatory, and Vaill has done a magnificent job of assembling and giving order to this treasure trove. Through the eyes of the man who was instrumental in its evolution, we get a close-up of the great postwar changes in dance–the Americanization of ballet, the golden era of the musical comedy. Along with candid notes to and about lovers both male and female, there are work-related letters to his colleagues and heartrending ones to his muse Tanaquil Le Clercq. Most entrancing of all are Robbins’s descriptions of specific dances (like Fancy Free and Anna and the King) as they take shape in his imagination, step by step, gesture by gesture.”

–Molly Haskell

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