Isadora Duncan Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Blair, Fredrika. Isadora: Portrait of the Artist as a Woman. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1986, 470 p.

Attempts to place Duncan's life in historical context and present hitherto unavailable information. Blair addresses neither Duncan's relationships with her students nor her years in Russia in much detail, stating that these areas have been covered adequately by others.

Flanner, Janet. "Isadora." An American in Paris: Profile of an Interlude between Two Wars, pp. 169-81. Simon and Schuster, 1940.

Recounts Duncan's last years in Paris.

McVay, Gordon. Isadora and Esenin. Ann Arbor, MI: Ardis, 1980, 335 p.

Examines Duncan's relationship with Russian poet Sergei Esenin and details their lives together both in Russia and abroad.

Schneider, Ilya Ilyich. Isadora Duncan: The Russian Years. New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1968, 221 p.

Depiction of the time Duncan spent in Russia by an admiring friend and colleague.

Seroff, Victor. The Real Isadora. New York: The Dial Press, 1971, 441 p.

Duncan's life as told by a close friend and prolific biographer.

Splatt, Cynthia. Life Into Art: Isadora Duncan and Her World. Edited by Dorée Duncan, Carol Prati, and Cynthia Splatt. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1993, 199 p.

Illustrated biography with a foreword by Agnes de Mille.

Terry, Walter. Isadora Duncan: Her Life, Her Art, Her Legacy. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1963, 174 p.

Overview of her life with extended comments on her work as a dancer.


MacCarthy, Desmond. Review of My Life, by Isadora Duncan. Life and Letters 1, No. 2 (July 1928): 136-40.

Positive assessment in which he describes My Life as "something more" than a biography: "the record of the emotional life of an artist."

Untermeyer, Louis. "Isadora Duncan." Makers of the Modern World, pp. 522-32. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955.

Overview of her life and career and an assessment of her significance as an artist.

Additional coverage of Duncan's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Gale Research: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 118, 149.