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Little dancer aged fourteen

Author: Camille Laurens; Willard Wood
Publisher: New York : Other Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This absorbing, heartfelt work uncovers the story of the real dancer behind Degas's now-iconic sculpture, shedding light on the struggles of late nineteenth-century Parisian life. She is famous throughout the world, but how many know her name? You can admire her figure in Washington, Paris, London, New York, Dresden, or Copenhagen, but where is her grave? We know only her age, fourteen, and the work that she  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Laurens, Camille.
Little dancer aged fourteen.
New York : Other Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018002054
Named Person: Edgar Degas; Marie Geneviève van Goethem
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Camille Laurens; Willard Wood
ISBN: 1590519590 9781590519592
OCLC Number: 1021055117
Notes: "Originally published in French as La petite danseuse de quatorze ans in 2017 by Éditions Stock, Paris."
Description: 1 online resource
Other Titles: Petite danseuse de quatorze ans.
Responsibility: Camille Laurens ; translated from the French by Willard Wood.

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This absorbing, heartfelt work uncovers the story of the real dancer behind Degas's now-iconic sculpture, shedding light on the struggles of late nineteenth-century Parisian life. She is famous throughout the world, but how many know her name? You can admire her figure in Washington, Paris, London, New York, Dresden, or Copenhagen, but where is her grave? We know only her age, fourteen, and the work that she did--because it was already grueling work, at an age when children today are sent to school. In the 1880s, she danced as a "little rat "at the Paris Opera, and what is often a dream for young girls now wasn't a dream for her. She was fired after several years of intense labor; the director had had enough of her repeated absences. She had been working another job, even two, because the few pennies the Opera paid weren't enough to keep her and her family fed. She was a model, posing for painters or sculptors--among them Edgar Degas. Drawing on a wealth of historical material as well as her own love of ballet and personal experiences of loss, Camille Laurens presents a compelling, compassionate portrait of Marie van Goethem and the world she inhabited that shows the importance of those who have traditionally been overlooked in the study of art.

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