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Fred Astaire

Author: Joseph Epstein
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2008.
Series: Icons of America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biographie
Biography
Named Person: Fred Astaire; Astaire; Fred Astaire; Fred Astaire; Fred Astaire
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Epstein
ISBN: 9780300116953 0300116950 9780300158441 0300158440
OCLC Number: 216936061
Description: xv, 198 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Like kissing your sister --
Peculiar looking --
Man makes the clothes --
A Litvak passes through --
Charmed, I'm sure --
The other guy --
What's it their business --
Who needs a partner? --
Change partners --
Must you dance, every dance --
And I trust, you'll excuse my dust --
Dancing on radio.
Series Title: Icons of America.
Responsibility: Joseph Epstein.
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Tracing Fred Astaire's life from his birth in Omaha to his death in his late eighties in Hollywood, this book discusses his early days with his talented and outspoken sister Adele, his gifts as a  Read more...

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"Deeply personal. . . . Insightful and elegantly written."-Glen C. Altschuler, Boston Globe -- Glen C. Altschuler "Boston Globe" (11/02/2008) "A delightful little volume to press into the hands of Read more...

 
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