René Blum and the Ballets Russes

René Blum and the Ballets Russes

In Search of A Lost Life

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The biography of a fascinating cultural hero, Rene Blum and the Ballets Russes uncovers the events in the life of the enigmatic and brilliant writer and producer who perished in the Holocaust. Brother of Leon Blum, the first socialist prime minister of France, Rene Blum was a passionate andprominent litterateur. He was the editor of the chic literary journal Gil Blas where he met such celebrated figures as Claude Debussy, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Andre Gide, and Paul Valery. As author Judith Chazin-Bennahum's research illustrates, Blum actually arranged for the publication ofProust's Swann's Way. But Blum's accomplishments and legacy do not end there: after enlisting in World War I, he won the Croix de Guerre and became a national hero. And Blum resurrected the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo after Diaghilev's death. Tragically, he was arrested in 1941 during a roundupof Jewish intellectuals and ultimately sent to Auschwitz.Based on a treasure trove of previously undiscovered letters and documents, this thoroughly researched narrative not only tells the poignant story of Blum's life but also illustrates Blum's central role in the development of dance in the United States. Indeed, Blum's efforts to save his balletcompany eventually helped to bring many of the world's greatest dancers and choreographers - among them Fokine, Balanchine, and Nijinska - to American ballet stages, shaping the path of dance in the United States for years to come.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780195399332
0195399331
Branch Call Number: 792.82 B625c 2011
Characteristics: xxiii, 277 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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