The Astaires by Kathleen Riley
Fred & Adele

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In this sprightly book whose every sentence shines with the author's love of her dual subjects, Kathleen Riley writes Adele back into the story of her brother.
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This is the first book about the theatre career of Fred and Adele Astaire, detailing their years in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in London, their impact culturally, and the essence of their partnership on and off the stage.
 

About Kathleen Riley

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Born in Australia and educated at Sydney and Oxford Universities, Kathleen Riley is a classical scholar and modern theater historian. She is the author of Nigel Hawthorne on Stage and The Reception and Performance of Euripides' Herakles: Reasoning Madness. At Oxford in 2008 she convened the first international conference on the art and legacy of Fred Astaire.
 
Published March 1, 2012 by Oxford University Press. 266 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Toni Bentley on May 31 2012

Riley’s book suffers, though not egregiously, from the rather humor­less, linear reportage — the laundry-list narrative — and the slightly defensive tone of so much academic writing...

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Kathryn Hughes on Jul 04 2012

In this sprightly book whose every sentence shines with the author's love of her dual subjects, Kathleen Riley writes Adele back into the story of her brother.

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Above average
Reviewed by Ethan Mordden on Mar 03 2012

They don't make shows that way anymore, and Ms. Riley's book is thus a resuscitation of a naive but perhaps more authentically native showbiz, an art of natural forces.

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