The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance
Illustrator: Lynn Curlee
Dance prodigy, sex symbol, gay pioneer, cultural icon—Vaslav Nijinsky rose to fame as the star of the Ballets Russes in Paris before mental illness stole his career and the last thirty years of his life. A tragic story of a great genius gone mad, this compelling work of narrative nonfiction chronicles a life of obsessive artistry, celebrity, and notoriety. With one grand leap off the stage at the 1909 premiere of the Ballets Russes’s inaugural season, Nijinsky became an overnight sensation and the century’s first superstar, in the days before moving pictures brought popular culture to the masses. Perhaps the greatest dancer of the twentieth century, Nijinsky captured audiences with his sheer animal magnetism and incredible skill.
Author’s note. List of Nijinsky’s performances. “Ballet Performances Online.” Source notes. Bibliography. Index. Full-color illustrations done in acrylic. Full-color and black-and-white photographs and reproductions.
JLG Release: Jul 2019
Awards & Honors
2020 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award Finalist
YALSA Award Honoree - 2020
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Publishers Weekly, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews
10" x 7 1/2"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A