Margot Fonteyn
A Life
(Paperback)

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Margot Fonteyn - born plain Peggy Hookham - was dreamed into existence by the architects of British ballet: Ninette de Valois, Frederick Ashton and Constant Lambert. Carried to fame on a wave of wartime patriotism, Margot's sense of duty rather than ambition propelled her forward. Yet her gifts were such that her pre-eminence would come to eclipse the careers of subsequent generations.Ballet is a fairytale world; if Margot, like the pure and poetic heroine of Swan Lake, was a natural Odette, she would also have to contend with virtue's raw shadow-side in the guise of Constant Lambert, Roberto Arias and Rudolph Nureyev - the men who, like Von Rothbart, were to take possession of her heart.

Margot Fonteyn began life on the 18th of May, 1919 in Reigate, Surrey, as plain Peggy Hookham. She ended it on the 21st of February, 1991, as Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Dame of the British Empire and the most legendary dancer since Pavlova. Meredith Daneman, with her own extensive background in ballet, tells Fonteyn’s story in vivid prose with insight and sensitivity.

Drawing upon extensive research, countless interviews, and exclusive access to never-before-seen letters and diaries—including those of Fonteyn’s extraordinary and devoted mother—Daneman presents firsthand remembrances of Fonteyn from a vast array of people who knew her and danced with her during the course of her lengthy career. Margot Fonteyn contains revelations not found in any other account of the ballerina, from insights into Fonteyn’s private world (especially regarding her relationship with her mother, the “Black Queen”) to her feelings about her fellow dancers and, of course, the men in her life—including choreographer Frederick Ashton, her husband Roberto Arias, and her long-time dance partner and rumored lover Nureyev.

AuthorMeredith Daneman
BindingPaperback
EAN9780140165302
EditionReprint
ISBN0140165304
Height842 mm
Length552 mm
Width144 mm
Weight104 g
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages704
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2005-10-04
PublisherPenguin UK
StudioPenguin UK
Sales Rank408106

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  • The author associated with Margot Fonteyn: A Life is Meredith Daneman.
  • The EAN for Margot Fonteyn: A Life is 9780140165302.
  • The edition for Margot Fonteyn: A Life is Reprint.
  • The ISBN for Margot Fonteyn: A Life is 0140165304.
  • The height for Margot Fonteyn: A Life is 842 mm.
  • The length for Margot Fonteyn: A Life is 552 mm.
  • The width for Margot Fonteyn: A Life is 144 mm.
  • The weight for Margot Fonteyn: A Life is 104 g.
  • The language for Margot Fonteyn: A Life is English.
  • The binding of Margot Fonteyn: A Life is Paperback.
  • The number of items for Margot Fonteyn: A Life is 1.
  • The number of pages for Margot Fonteyn: A Life are 704.
  • Margot Fonteyn: A Life is grouped in Book group of products.
  • The publication date for Margot Fonteyn: A Life is 2005-10-04.
  • The publisher for Margot Fonteyn: A Life is Penguin UK.
  • The producer for Margot Fonteyn: A Life is Penguin UK.
  • The sales rank for Margot Fonteyn: A Life is 408106.
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