Lincoln Kirstein (born 1907) is one of the most remarkable figures in the cultural history of the modern era, not only in the United States but anywhere, and the new collection of his writings, which has been edited by Nicholas Jenkins, is therefore certain to be of great interest in many respects.[1] If only for his role in bringing George Balanchine to America and founding the New York City Ballet, Mr. Kirstein would be guaranteed a place of high distinction in the annals of twentieth-century cultural life, but the scope of his achievements in the arts is far more extensive than that, of course. As a poet, as an editor, and as a writer in many fields—not only literature and dance but virtually all the visual and performing arts—he has made important and sometimes crucial contributions. He has been much...

 
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