Vaslav Nijinsky: A Leap Into Madness

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Lyle Stuart, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 372 pages
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This book tells the story of his life, both the incredible ascent to fame and the leap into madness. The author has had access to Nijinsky's hospital files, medical records, and many other previously unexplored documents, including personal correspondence in the family archives and the dancer's own sketches and notebooks.
 

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Unlike previous biographers, who focused primarily on Nijinsky's early and most creative years, Ostwald gives equal weight to the 30 years this great artist spent in mental institutions. With access ... Read full review

Contents

The Eighth Wonder of the World
1
Dancing for Diaghilev
25
Nijinsky as Choreographer
53
Marriage
78
Career Problems and the First Breakdown 100
102
Partial Recovery and Return to Dancing
124
Warnings
153
Playing the Role of a Madman
178
In Search of a Cure
249
Invalidism
277
Moving Again
301
The Dance of Death and Immortality
329
Nijinskys Electrocardiograms
345
A Formal Diagnosis of Nijinskys Psychosis
348
Bibliography
351
Index
359

Catatonia and the Bellevue Sanatorium
204
The Leap into Madness
225

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