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Fred Astaire (Hardcover)

Author:  Joseph Epstein
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0300116950
ISBN-13: 9780300116953
Sku: 208000712
Publish Date: 10/1/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 1.25T
Pages:  198
Age Range:  NA
 
Written with the wit and grace the subject deserves, "Fred Astaire" provides a remarkable portrait of this extraordinary artist, chronicling how he came to embody for Americans a fantasy of easy elegance and, in a more complicated manner, of democratic aristocracy.
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Joseph Epstein's FRED ASATAIR investigates the great dancer's magical talent, taking up the story of his life, his personality, his work habits, his modest pretensions, and above all his accomplishments. Written with the wit and grace the subject deserves, Fred Astaire provides a remarkable portrait of this extraordinary artist and how he came to embody for Americans a fantasy of easy elegance and, paradoxically, of democratic aristocracy.||Tracing Astaire's life from his birth in Omaha to his death in his late eighties in Hollywood, the book discusses his early days with his talented and outspoken sister Adele, his gifts as a singer (Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern all delighted in composing for Astaire), and his many movie dance partners, among them Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth, Eleanor Powell, and Betty Hutton. A key chapter of the book is devoted to Astaire's somewhat unwilling partnership with Ginger Rogers, the woman with whom he danced most dazzlingly. What emerges from these pages is a fascinating view of an American era, seen through the accomplishments of Fred Astaire, an unassuming but uncompromising performer who transformed entertainment into art and gave America a new yet enduring standard for style.

Joseph Epstein’s Fred Astaire investigates the great dancer’s magical talent, taking up the story of his life, his personality, his work habits, his modest pretensions, and above all his accomplishments. Written with the wit and grace the subject deserves, Fred Astaire provides a remarkable portrait of this extraordinary artist and how he came to embody for Americans a fantasy of easy elegance and, paradoxically, of democratic aristocracy.

 

Tracing Astaire’s life from his birth in Omaha to his death in his late eighties in Hollywood, the book discusses his early days with his talented and outspoken sister Adele, his gifts as a singer (Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Jerome Kern all delighted in composing for Astaire), and his many movie dance partners, among them Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth, Eleanor Powell, and Betty Hutton. A key chapter of the book is devoted to Astaire’s somewhat unwilling partnership with Ginger Rogers, the woman with whom he danced most dazzlingly. What emerges from these pages is a fascinating view of an American era, seen through the accomplishments of Fred Astaire, an unassuming but uncompromising performer who transformed entertainment into art and gave America a new yet enduring standard for style.

 

Author Bio
Joseph Epstein
Joseph Epstein has served as the editor of the American Scholar and has taught writing and literature at Northwestern University.

Praise

"Mr. Epstein's book...will delight readers who admire the author's supple prose and welcome seeing it applied to a performer of similar grace and charm." - Dave Shiflett 04/04/2009

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0198
Product attributePublisher:   Yale University Press
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