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Croce, Arlene. ARLENE CROCE: AFTER-IMAGES ("ARLENE CROCE: AFTERIMAGES") . New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 466 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed. Slight wear on DJ corners and spine .

The author's breakthrough debut collection of dance reviews and essays. One of the greatest books on dance of the 20th century. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Portions of the book were reissued in an Omnibus Edition called "Writing In The Dark, Dancing In The New Yorker" (2000). Croce's dance essays in The New Yorker Magazine captured the essence of the most elusive of the performing arts. She analyzed and described individual dancers, choreographers, dance companies, performances, and trends with turns of phrase as elegant as brilliantly executed pas de deux. Always thoughtful and provocative in her reflections, Croce's essays exult in the sublime and excoriate the ridiculous. Kenneth Tynan once said that "a good drama critic is one who perceives what is happening in the theatre of his time. A great drama critic also perceives what is not happening". If so, then there is no question that Croce is a truly great dance critic. "Croce is the Jane Austen of dance criticism. In breadth as well as in intensity, the best dance critic" (Richard Poirier). "Theoretically, I am ready to go to anything once. If it moves, I'm interested. If it moves to music, I'm in love" (Arlene Croce). A book that demands and will reward repeated readings, this is a "must-have" title for Arlene Croce, dance, and great prose lover/collectors. This presentation copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, dated, and inscribed in black fountain pen on the title page by the author: "For Leo Lerman, In gratitude, respect, and love. Arlene Croce June 1, 1979". A brilliant writer, critic, Vanity Fair Magazine editor, and major figure of New York's cultural and social life from the 1940's until his death in 1994, Leo Lerman was Living Legend personified. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare, one-of-a-kind association copy thus. The greatest dance critic of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ARLENE CROCE AND JOAN ACOCELLA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0394410939. $150.00

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