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Bloomsbury Ballerina

Lydia Lopokova, Imperial Dancer and Mrs John Maynard Keynes

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Bloomsbury Ballerina by Judith Mackrell
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Born in 1891 in St Petersburg Lydia Lopokova (nicknamed 'Loppie') lived a remarkable - and long - life. Only five feet tall, and not blessed with Pavlova's ethereal beauty, her boundless energy and sheer force of personality nonetheless propelled her to the top of the Ballet Russes. Through a combination of luck, determination - and an ability to pick the right man to help her seize opportunities - Lydia then became a star in Paris, a vaudeville favourite in America, the toast of Europe during the war years, and then most bizarrely of all - the wife of Maynard Keynes. Bizarre for several reasons, the most important being the fact that everyone in Keynes' Bloomsbury circle thought that he was a confirmed homosexual. Lydia's story is an extraordinary one, linking ballet, politics, the bohemians, the Bloomsbury set and the economic policies of the super powers. She was the 'Russian ballerina who flitted so intriguingly through the pages of other peoples' stories'. Above all, she was hugely charismatic, eccentric and irreverent: a bolter, a true bohemian and, most surprising of all, eventually an utterly devoted wife.

Author Biography

Judith Mackrell is a writer and Dance critic for the Guardian. She was the ghostwriter for Darcey Bussell's 'Life in Dance'. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.
Release date NZ
April 10th, 2008
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
50
Imprint
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Pages
496
Dimensions
160x240x40
ISBN-13
9780297849087
Product ID
1687795

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