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Looking for Little Egypt [Paperback]

Donna Carlton


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Intl Dance Discovery (June 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962399817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962399817
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 27.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,132,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Journey Back in Time March 12 2003
This is a very well-written history of the Columbian Exhibition and the Little Egypt legends that abounded after the 1893 Fair. A fascinating read; highly recommended.
Looking for Little Egypt is well-researched, a fascinating history, that is eloquently written. It was not as much about belly dance as I expected; it is exactly what the title says: looking for the legendary Little Egypt. It is a fascinating, murky, brief, and obscured history of a dancer whose existence is more legend than truth. Carlton sought to discover just who was Little Egypt. She was able to dispel a few myths (Twain did not suffer a coronary after seeing her dance), but was left with no solid answers about who that dancer was in the end.
If you enjoy Middle Eastern dance or like a good history/mystery, this book is absolutely for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Oriental Dance came to the West Sept. 19 2000
This book is the best book available about the history of oriental dance. Although this book tells only about Chicago World Fair and dancers and musicians there, it does it with lots of accurate information and very interesting and fluent way. Illustration is wonderful and here a reader can find out how Oriental Dance really found its way to the West and what lies behind colorful myths about Little Egypt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great research and history tool April 27 1999
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This book is fascinating reading for anyone interested in the history of middle eastern dance in the US, as well as the history of the Columbian Exposition of 1893. It is amply illustrated with period photographs and samples of publications of the time, as well as immediately afterwards. It explores the myth of Little Egypt, and the hows and whys the name became such a legend. A fantastic read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read! Sept. 7 2002
This book is a well organized and well written account of the beginnings of "belly dance" in the USA. More than that, it's a detailed account of the famous "Chicago World's Fair," and much to my surprise I found that as intriguing as the Little Egypt Story. Buy it, you'll be riveted!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great research and history tool April 27 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book is fascinating reading for anyone interested in the history of middle eastern dance in the US, as well as the history of the Columbian Exposition of 1893. It is amply illustrated with period photographs and samples of publications of the time, as well as immediately afterwards. It explores the myth of Little Egypt, and the hows and whys the name became such a legend. A fantastic read.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Journey Back in Time March 12 2003
By Wendy A. B. Whipple - Published on Amazon.com
This is a very well-written history of the Columbian Exhibition and the Little Egypt legends that abounded after the 1893 Fair. A fascinating read; highly recommended.
Looking for Little Egypt is well-researched, a fascinating history, that is eloquently written. It was not as much about belly dance as I expected; it is exactly what the title says: looking for the legendary Little Egypt. It is a fascinating, murky, brief, and obscured history of a dancer whose existence is more legend than truth. Carlton sought to discover just who was Little Egypt. She was able to dispel a few myths (Twain did not suffer a coronary after seeing her dance), but was left with no solid answers about who that dancer was in the end.
If you enjoy Middle Eastern dance or like a good history/mystery, this book is absolutely for you!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entreperneur was responsible March 10 2006
By La Reyna - Published on Amazon.com
for introducing Eastern dance to America in the late 19th century at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The various dances performed by Middle Eastern peoples shocked prim middle class Americans with their sensual body movements and their dress. American dance at the time were very stiff and formal, stifling spontaneity, sensuality, and expression. Also, many moralists of the time consider such sensual dancing highly pornographic and sought to have them censored or banned in many communities. It's similar to the shock some people have when a prominant entertainer ripped the bodice of a singer at a Superbowl halftime performance a few years back. Likewise, "Little Egypt," as many Middle Eastern dancers were often called, caused a sensation throughout America.

Belly dancing is still controversial in many places in America because of its association with "exotic dancing." Many dancers are denied permission to dance at festivals and cultural events because of such associations.

Little Egypt is crucial to understanding why so many people still associate belly dancing with stripping.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read! Sept. 7 2002
By Maya Hallmark - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a well organized and well written account of the beginnings of "belly dance" in the USA. More than that, it's a detailed account of the famous "Chicago World's Fair," and much to my surprise I found that as intriguing as the Little Egypt Story. Buy it, you'll be riveted!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Oriental Dance came to the West Sept. 19 2000
By "kahire" - Published on Amazon.com
This book is the best book available about the history of oriental dance. Although this book tells only about Chicago World Fair and dancers and musicians there, it does it with lots of accurate information and very interesting and fluent way. Illustration is wonderful and here a reader can find out how Oriental Dance really found its way to the West and what lies behind colorful myths about Little Egypt.
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