A biography by Russell Freedman is always more than just a story of one person's life. Freedman details Martha Graham's creative as well as her chronological life. He carefully portrays both the cost and the rewards of genius. Readers finish Martha Graham: A Dancer's Life with a feeling for the evolution of dance in America and the cultural forces which determined it. The photographs Freedman includes offer readers a visual image of the artist, complimenting the written portrait the author develops in his text.
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