Hugo Vickers

She Liked to Dance Naked on Beaches

Isadora: The Sensational Life Of Isadora Duncan

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Before reading this compelling study, I knew little of the details of Isadora Duncan’s extraordinary life. I was familiar with the goddess image, of course, and someone who had seen her dance in Paris in the early 1900s had given me a first-hand account, expressing surprise at the audience’s ecstatic response. Furthermore, I had battled with a transcription of Isadora’s now famous poem to Mercedes de Acosta, which ends:

My kisses like a swarm of bees
Would find their way
Between thy knees
And suck the honey of thy lips
Embracing thy two slender hips

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