"A delight to read, massively informed yet remarkably agile . . . The story of ballet offers a singular perspective on the evolution of our culture: a fascinating mirror on the arts. Nowhere is this narrative told more amply and compellingly than in Jennifer Homans's triumphant "Apollo's Angels.""--"The Washington Post"
"Here is a book of immense ambition--a one-volume history of ballet--and of considerable accomplishment. Jennifer Homans, whom we know primarily as "The New Republic"'s provocative dance critic, shows herself to be both dogged and graceful as a historian--a rare and welcome combination of qualities."--"The New York Review of Books"
"Intellectually rigorous, beautifully written, brilliantly structured."--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Magnificent . . . [a] monumental w
Homans shows how and why 'the steps' were never just the steps: they were a set of beliefs and a way of life. She takes the reader into the lives of dancers and traces the formal evolution of technique, choreography and performance. Her book ends by looking at the contemporary crisis in ballet now that 'the masters are dead and gone' and offers a passionate plea for the centrality of classical dance in our civilization. Apollo's Angels is a book with broad popular appeal: beautifully written and illustrated, it is essential reading for anyone interested in history, culture and art.