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Sorell, Walter. LOOKING BACK IN WONDER: DIARY OF A DANCE CRITIC. New York City, NY: Columbia University Press, 1986. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 284 pages. Fine/Fine.

The legendary dance critic/historian's landmark memoirs. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. Walter Sorrell has plenty of reason to look back in wonder because he covered the Golden Age of dance in America, notably the rise and eventual dominance of The New York City Ballet. Best-known for "The Dance Has Many Faces", a collection of essays on ballet and dance which he edited, this very personal book is a touchstone for lovers of one of the most sublime creations of man. "Dance is life; dance is about the essence and vitality of life" (Walter Sorell). A "must-have" title for dance lovers/collectors. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of relatively few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the finest American dance critics of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO MARIA TALLCHIEF TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0231062788. $40.00

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