This is perhaps the most important book on choreography ever published. Written just before Humphrey's death in 1958, it is her autobiography in art, a gathering of her experiences in performance and a lucid and practical source book on choreography.
The untimely death of Doris Humphrey last year left the American dance much the poorerless one of its finest choreographers. Tragically crippled by arthritis in her last years, Miss Humphrey was confined to teaching and choreographing dances for others. Her thoughts on choreography and the dance scene in general are presented here, edited by Barbara Pollack, in what is one of the very few books about modern dance to be written by a really eminent practitioner. Miss Humphrey wrote very simply and clearly, and no one could read her book without gaining new appreciation- but she addressed herself frankly to the young choreographer and made no attempt to avoid the technical vocabulary of the dance world. Her knowledge of both theory and practice makes her writing essential for all aspirants in the field, and it will be a standard book for all young dance and theatre collections. (Kirkus Reviews)