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Letter to the World: The Life and Dances of Martha Graham

Hardcover edition, originally published 1995.

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This biography introduces young readers of all ages to Martha Graham [1894-1991], one of America’s most inspirational and successful dancers and choreographers, a pioneer of modern dance, who helped redefine the cultural landscape of the 20th century. Her physical strength and prolific mind enabled her to perform in her own works until she was seventy-four and to continue choreographing until her death at ninety-six. Woven through Graham’s life story are descriptions and analyses of her most significant dances [including Appalachian Spring, American Document, Clytemnestra], those who influenced her [dancer Ruth St. Denis, composer Louis Horst, sculptor Isamu Noguchi], and those she influenced [Erick Hawkins, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor].


“Have you ever wondered if a book could ever put into words the essence of a person you knew? Trudy Garfunkel has accomplished this in her new book on Martha Graham. I never imagined it would be possible to do this in a small book, to capture such a complex person.” -- Francis Mason, Editor, Ballet Review

“This biography has the forthright directness one associates with a thoroughly modern artist….Well worth reading.” -- Dance Magazine

“A clear, detailed explanation of what dance has been in America.” -- Booklist

“It is so difficult to find biographies appropriate for the middle school/junior high level. This one is of such fine quality that we have recommended it many times to students and other librarians.” -- Kansas City Reading Circle Book Selection Committee

“”A beautifully crafted tribute to Martha Graham. Open the cover—you will be swept off your feet!” -- Essex Kids

“Ms Garfunkel is well steeped in dance history and writes with knowledge and sensitivity about a major force in 20th century dance.” -- Bay Views

“Any youngster who wants to be a dancer will enjoy this book.” -- Arkansas Democrat-Gazette