My Life

Isadora Duncan

Isadora’s classic autobiography.
Copyright 1927 by Boni & Liveright, Inc.

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The Art of the Dance

Isadora Duncan, edited with introduction by Sheldon Cheney. Forewords by Raymond Duncan, Eva LeGallienne, Max Eastman, others.

“The Bible of Isadora Duncan dance technique and philosophy!” – Lori Belilove
Bound photocopy (original out-of-print)
Copyright 1969 by Theater Arts Books/ New York

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Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography

Sabrina Jones, with foreword by Lori Belilove

Myth and controversy still swirl around the dramatic figure of Isadora Duncan. The pioneering modern dancer emerged from provincial nineteenth-century America to captivate the cultural capitals of Europe, reinvent dance as a fine art, and leave a trail of scandals in her wake. From her unconventional California girlhood to her tragic death on the French Riviera fifty years later, Duncan’s journey was an uncompromising quest for truth, beauty, and freedom. Here Duncan’s art and ideas come vividly to life. Each page is a unique dance of words and images, reflecting Duncan’s courage, passion, and idealism in a way sure to inspire another generation of admirers. Signed copies available.
Copyright 2008, Hill & Wang

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Isadora: A Sensational Life

Peter Kurth

A fully researched account of the remarkable life of Isadora Duncan.
Isadora: A Sensational Life, has earned high praise from the New York Times. The Library Journal calls it “a luminous portrait, aglow with the details of Isadora’s life and times.” Drawing from extensive research of major archival sources in New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Moscow, and St. Petersburg, including several private collections and unpublished manuscripts, Mr. Kurth has created a compelling portrait of an intelligent, complicated, conflicted woman. Signed copies available.
Copyright 2001 Little Brown and Company/New York

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Isadora Speaks: Writings and Speeches of Isadora Duncan

Edited and introduced by Franklin Rosemont

This outstanding collection of the great dancer’s heretofore uncollected writings and speeches gives us a vivid new perception of her importance as an original and radical thinker. Features her outspoken views on America, Revolutionary Russia, education and the arts, life with Serge Esenin, love, women’s emancipation, and dance as a radical force capable of transforming the world and changing life.
Copyright 2001 by Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company, Chicago IL

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The Search for Isadora: The Legend & Legacy of Isadora Duncan

Lillian Lowenthal

Re-appraises Isadora’s significance as one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century in dance, education, art, fashion, and women’s liberation. Features chapters on all six of the Isadorables. A Dance Horizons Book.
Copyright 1993 by Princeton Book Co., Pennington, NJ

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Done Into Dance: Isadora Duncan in America

Ann Daly

Reveals Duncan enmeshed in the social and cultural context of her time. Ideas about nature, beauty, and expression, her association with feminism and her racial notion of “Americanness.”
Copyright 1995 by Indiana University Press, Indianapolis

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Julia Levien

Drawings of Duncan dances and text. Rediscover the dances of Isadora Duncan in these images drawn from the personal experience of this second-generation Duncan dancer.

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Sous le Signe D’Isadora

Musée Bourdelle

Text in French. Features renderings of Isadora Duncan by Antoine Bourdelle and some of his pupils including Auguste Rodin. High-quality bound copy (original out-of-print) CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Copyright Musée Bourdelle, 1966.


Modern Gestures: Abraham Walkowitz Draws Isadora Duncan Dancing

Ann Cooper Albright

Watercolors by a modernist master capture the beginnings of modern dance.
This small and beautifully illustrated book showcases the work of two great American modernists, painter Abraham Walkowitz and dancer Isadora Duncan. Born in the same year (1878), both artists influenced the development of modern art in the early twentieth century by blending figurative gesture with abstraction. Duncan grew up in a free-spirited and artistic household in California and then moved to Europe. Walkowitz immigrated to the United States from Russia when he was a child and lived most of his life in New York City, where he studied at Cooper Union School and the National Academy of Design.

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Anna Duncan: I Isadoras fotspar (Anna Duncan: In the footsteps of Isadora)

Chapters written by Anna Duncan, Kathleen Quinlan, Edwin Ver Becke, Julia Levien, Anna Kisselgoff and others.

In English and Swedish.
Copyright 2010 Dansmuseet, (The Dance Museum and the authors), Stockholm

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In Isadora’s Steps

Lily Dikovskaya, with Gerard M-F Hill

The story of Isadora Duncan’s school in Moscow, told by her favorite pupil. Hardcover, 336 pages.
Copyright 2008 Lily DikovskayaBook Guild Publishing, Great Britain

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Isadora: Portrait of the Artist as a Woman

Fredrika Blair

Definitely scholarly but not at all academic or stodgy, this book recounts a whirlwind life that began in San Fransisco and sped to Chicago, New York, and then triumphantly throughout capitals of Europe. This is a thoughtful yet colorful popular biography that affords both intellectual and gossip-mongering pleasure. Used copies available.

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Headlong Through Life: The Story of Isadora Duncan

Ean Wood

Ean Wood tells the whole life-story of Isadora Duncan with fascinating detail and revealing anecdotes.

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Modernism’s Mythic Pose: Genre, Gender, Solo Performance

Carrie J. Preston

Carrie Preston visited The Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation, browsed our historical archives, took classes, and interviewed the Company directors for her thesis in 2005 titled: The Motor in the Soul: Isadora Duncan’s Solo Performance, one of the centerpieces of this wonderful study in modernism.

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Duncan Dance: A Guide for Young People Ages 6-16

Julia Levien

Easy-to-follow guide to Duncan technique with instructions for five original Duncan dances.
A Dance Horizons Book. Princeton Book Co., Pennington, NJ

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Isadora and the Ancient Greeks, Lesson Plan #1: The Bouncy Run – Atalanta and the Golden Apples

Lori Belilove and Cherlyn Smith

The first instructional booklet providing a step by step lesson plan on the technique of the Mother of Modern Dance, as designed by the foremost interpreter of Isadora Duncan, Lori Belilove. For the first time, a guide to Isadora’s movement style, with easy descriptions, beautiful photos and illustrations, stories and information, capturing the essence of Isadora.

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The Technique of Isadora Duncan

Irma Duncan

Lessons, photographs and instructional illustrations on the technique of Isadora Duncan, as taught by Irma Duncan. This is a high-quality bound copy of an unabridged republication of the first edition published in 1937 by Kamin Publishers, New York. The original is now out-of-print. 35 pages.
Copyright 1970 by Irma Duncan Rogers

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Rare and Out-of-print books


Isadora Duncan

Edited by Paul Magriel

Essays and commentaries on Isadora Duncan by John Martin, Carl Van Vechten, Allan Ross Macdougall, and Gordon Craig. This high-quality bound copy (original out-of-print) includes a chronology, bibliography, and reproductions from albums and books of Isadora Duncan. 85 pages.
Copyright 1947 by Dance Index

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Isadora Duncan: Pioneer in the Art of Dance

Irma Duncan

With a stunning cover featuring a lithograph of Isadora Duncan by Gordon Craig, this charming and informative essay by ‘Isadorable’ Irma Duncan covers Isadora’s pioneering years and Irma’s own career as one of the original young artists trained by her. High-quality bound copy (original out-of-print). 19 pages.
Copyright 1959 New York Public Library

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Dance Perspectives 5: The Legacy of Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis

Walter Terry

This winter 1960 issue of Dance Perspectives details the legacy of Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis and contains over forty reproductions of wonderful photographs and drawings. High-quality bound copy (original out-of-print). 60 pages.
Copyright 1959 by Dance Perspectives, Inc.

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Dance Perspectives 21: Follow Me! The Autobiography of Irma Duncan Part I

High-quality bound copy (original out-of-print). 71 pages. Copyright 1965 by Dance Perspectives, Inc. Introduction by Doris Hering. This is Irma’s story – the Isadorable who stayed with Isadora the longest.

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Dance Perspectives 22: Follow Me! The Autobiography of Irma Duncan Part II

High-quality bound copy (original out-of-print). 79 pages.
Copyright 1965 by Dance Perspectives, Inc.

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Dance Perspectives 64: Prechistenka 20: The Isadora Duncan School in Moscow

Natalia Roslavleva

High-quality bound copy (original out-of-print).
48 pages. Copyright 1975 by Dance Perspectives, Inc
The story of Isadora’s Russian school as told from the perspective of a dancer who went on to join Irma Duncan’s Isadora Duncan Dancers of Moscow troupe.

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Remembering Isadora Duncan—Emlekkonyv


Text in Hungarian and English commemorating Isadora’s public debut performance and detailing experiences in Hungary, Sweden, and Russia. Interesting and rarely seen pictures.
Copyright 2002 Dr. Dienes Gedeon, Dienes Maya, Dorota Gremlicova, Giv Lakhuti, Orkesztika Alapitvany, Budapest


Children’s Books


Isadora Duncan: La Danza Del Espíritu

Text by Rayo Ramírez, Illustrations by Felipe Ugalde

This biographical tale teaches young readers about Isadora Duncan’s life, and role as the “mother of modern dance.” With glowing illustrations La Danza Del Espíritu offers insight into the enigmatic personality of Isadora, an American woman who changed the art of dance forever. Includes a chronology and a selection of rarely seen historical photographs. In Spanish. Paperback, 46 pages.
Copyright 2009 Ediciones SM

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Isadora Dances

Rachel Isadora

A beautifully written and illustrated biography of Isadora Duncan by acclaimed children’s author Rachel Isadora. For children ages 3-8. This beloved book is now out of print in all editions. Copyright 1998 Rachel Isadora.Paperback, 32 pages.
Copyright 2000 Puffin Books (reprint edition)

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Hardcover $22 + $4 shipping & handling

Isadora Duncan: American Dancer

Susan Keating, with illustrations by Isabelle Forestier

A delightfully illustrated biography of Isadora Duncan, for children ages 8 and up. Hardcover, 32 pages.
Copyright 2007 Mason Crest Publishers, Philadelphia

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