Nureyev: His Life by Diane Solway is a 625-page softcover published in 1998 by William Morrow and Company, Inc. (New York) and is a stated first edition. The cover has surface rubbing and the inside has some cracks along the spine on the front and back end pages but the rest of the binding is solidly intact and the pages are clean and unmarked.
The life of Rudolf Nureyev is one of the most dramatic stories of the twentieth century. His defection to the West in 1961 sparked a Cold War showdown. Overnight, he became a superstar, as renowned for his flamboyant lifestyle as for his formidable artistry. Onstage, his sexual magnetism excited men and women. Offstage, his seductive personality attracted the rich and celebrated--Jacqueline Onassis, Andy Warhol, and Mick Jagger, to name just a few. Nureyev: His Life is the first book to capture the great Russian dancer, one of our century's most influential artists, whose talent was matched only by his steely will to succeed.
Here for the first time is the full story of Nureyev's landmark defection, his famed partnership with Margot Fonteyn, and his stormy relationship with his great love, the dander Erik Bruhn. We see how Nureyev transformed the image of the male dancer and revitalized dance companies worldwide. Although Nureyev spoke little of his private life, Solway weaves together scores of interviews and draws on new material from Soviet archives, family documents, and diaries to reveal Nureyev in all his complexity. Solway's superb biography is as brilliant and as fascinating as the dazzling dancer at center stage.