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The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca Hardcover – Oct 1 2011

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Cormorant Books; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770860436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770860438
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #578,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Bishop-Gwyn’s book goes a long way to give us a much fuller and more sympathetic picture of Celia Franca than we have ever had before, without minimizing the character flaws … She has been lucky to have a biographer who does her justice and reminds those of us who needed reminding how great was the debt owed to her.” (Macleans)

“This nuanced portrait … makes this ballet biography a must-read … both superbly insightful and judiciously written.” (The Globe and Mail)

“You do not have to be a ballet fan to enjoy The Pursuit of Perfection, which overflows with triumphs and tragedies both onstage and off. Franca is such a unique and fascinating character it is difficult at times to remember the book is a thoroughly researched biography and not a work of fiction.” (Quill and Quire)

“Wonderful … Carol Bishop-Gwyn brings the life of Celia Franca with both the positive and negative that breeds true passion. In the end her book gives readers the truth of what it took to make an inspirational woman become a true Canadian icon.” (News4U)

About the Author

Carol Bishop-Gwyn is a writer and dance historian. She holds two post-graduate degrees in dance history and has taught courses at York University, Ryerson University, and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Bishop-Gwyn has worked as a broadcaster and producer for CBC National Radio and as a freelance magazine writer.

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