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NIJINSKY

for once the critics, both amateur and professional, have found themselves in the same galley.

I know, of course, that in the interval which separates us from the date, say, of that article in the Encyclopædia, a good deal has been written on the subject of the ballet and its revival. We have had, for instance, Mr. Crawford Flitch's able volume on Modern Dancing and Dancers, to which I hereby declare a conspicuous and inevitable debt. But not so far, perhaps, has the subject found a really adequate treatment,[1] and, in the absence of such treatment, all hasty conclusions will be wise to acknowledge the limits within which they have been arrived at.

  1. I refer only to English books. But mention must be made of the expert and sumptuous volume by the Russian critic, Svétlow, which may now be obtained in the French version of M. Calvocoressi under the title of Le Ballet Contemporain.

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