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Bloomsbury ballerina : Lydia Lopokova, imperial dancer and Mrs John Maynard Keynes

Author: Judith Mackrell
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Bloomsbury Ballerina tells the story of the unpredictable Russian dancer who ruffled the feathers of the Bloomsbury set and became the wife of John Maynard Keynes." "Born in 1891 in St. Petersburg, Lydia Lopokova lived a long and remarkable life. Just five feet tall and a natural comedian, her vivacious personality and the sheer force of her charm propelled her to the top of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes." "Through a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Lydia Lopokova; John Maynard Keynes; John Maynard Keynes; Lydia Lopokova; Lydia Lopokova
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Mackrell
ISBN: 9780297849087 0297849085
OCLC Number: 190777093
Awards: Short-listed for Sheridan Morley Prize for Best Theatre Biography 2009
Short-listed for Costa Biography Award 2008
Description: xx, 476 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: "Bloomsbury Ballerina tells the story of the unpredictable Russian dancer who ruffled the feathers of the Bloomsbury set and became the wife of John Maynard Keynes." "Born in 1891 in St. Petersburg, Lydia Lopokova lived a long and remarkable life. Just five feet tall and a natural comedian, her vivacious personality and the sheer force of her charm propelled her to the top of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes." "Through a combination of luck, determination and talent, Lydia became a star in Paris, a vaudeville favourite in America, the toast of Britain and then, most unexpectedly, she married the world-renowned economist, and formerly homosexual, John Maynard Keynes." "Lydia's story is an extraordinary one, linking ballet and the Bloomsbury group, war, revolution and the economic policies of the super-powers. She was the Russian ballerina who flitted intriguingly through the lives of so many remarkable individuals, including Nijinsky, Picasso, Stravinsky and Virginia Woolf. Above all, she was an immensely captivating, eccentric and irreverent personality: a bolter, a bohemian and, eventually, a most devoted wife." --
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