The Elementary School Library Collection

A Guide to Books and Other Media, Phases 1-2-3

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Author: Lauren K. Lee,Linda L. Homa

Publisher: Brodart Company

ISBN: 9780872720961

Category: Audio-visual materials

Page: 1310

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That Furious Lesbian

The Story of Mercedes de Acosta

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Author: Robert A. Schanke

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809325799

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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In this first book-length biography of Mercedes de Acosta, theatre historian Robert A. Schanke adroitly mines lost archival materials and mixes in his own interviews with de Acosta’s intimates to correct established myths and at last construct an accurate, detailed, and vibrant portrait of the flamboyantly uninhibited early-twentieth-century author, poet, and playwright. Born to wealthy Spanish immigrants, Mercedes de Acosta (1893–1968) lived in opulence and traveled in the same social circles as the Astors and Vanderbilts. Introduced to the New York theater scene at an early age, her dual loves of performance and of women informed every aspect of her life thereafter. Alice B. Toklas’s observation, “Say what you will about Mercedes, she’s had the most important women in the twentieth century,” was well justified, as her romantic conquests included such internationally renowned beauties as Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Isadora Duncan, and Eva Le Gallienne as well as Alla Nazimova, Tamara Karsavina, Pola Negri, and Ona Munson. More than a record of her personal life and infamous romances, this account offers the first analysis of the complete oeuvre of de Acosta’s literary works, including three volumes of poetry, two novels, two film scripts, and a dozen plays. Although only two of her plays were ever published during her lifetime, four of them were produced, featuring such stage luminaries as John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, and Eva Le Gallienne. Critics praised her first volume of poetry, Moods, in 1919 and predicted her rise to literary fame, but the love of other women that fueled her writing also limited her opportunities to fulfill this destiny. Failing to achieve any lasting fame, she died in relative poverty at the age of seventy-five. De Acosta lived her desires publicly with verve and vigor at a time when few others would dare, and for that, she paid the price of marginalized obscurity. Until now. With “That Furious Lesbian” Schanke at last establishes Mercedes de Acosta’s rightful place as a pioneer—and indeed a champion—in the early struggle for lesbian rights in this country. Robert A. Schanke has edited a companion to this biography, Women in Turmoil: Six Plays by Mercedes de Acosta, also available from Southern Illinois University Press.

Elementary School Library Collection

A Guide to Books and Other Media, Phases 1-2-3

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Author: Linda L. Homa,Ann L. Schreck,Maureen Hoebener

Publisher: Brodart Company

ISBN: 9780872721142

Category: Reference

Page: 1118

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Embodied Texts

Symbolist Playwright-Dancer Collaborations.

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Author: Mary Fleischer

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9401205027

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

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Embodied Texts: Symbolist Playwright-Dancer Collaborations explores the dynamic relationship between Symbolist theatre and early modern dance across Europe from the 1890s through the 1930s. Gabriele D’Annunzio’s projects with Ida Rubinstein; Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s pantomimes for Grete Wiesenthal; W. B. Yeats’s work with Michio Ito and Ninette de Valois; and Paul Claudel’s collaborations with Jean Börlin and the Ballets Suédois are studied in depth to shed new light on an evolving dance-theatre form within Symbolist culture. Buoyed by the era’s heightened interest in the expressive qualities of the body, these playwrights were highly invested in the authority of language, yet were drawn to the capacity of dance to evoke spiritual or psychological states which words could not completely capture. In its belief of fundamental correspondences among the arts, Symbolism encouraged experimentation across disciplines, and this study traces interconnections among many of its significant figures including Max Reinhardt, Claude Debussy, Gertrud Eysoldt, Edward Gordon Craig, Bronislava Nijinksa, Isadora Duncan, Jaques Dalcroze, Darius Milhaud, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Mariano Fortuny, Terence Gray, George Antheil, Eleonora Duse, and Michel Fokine.

Bibliographic Guide to Dance

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Author: New York Public Library. Dance Collection

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: N.A

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Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Hearing, Eighty-ninth Congress, second session. June 30, 1966

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Author: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Public Works. Subcommittee on Public Buildings and Grounds,Joseph H. Hirshhorn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 121

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