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Huddleston, Sisley - Bohemian Literary and Social Life in Paris, Salons Cafes Studios. George G Harrap and Co Ltd 1928 Chapter XIII The Tragedy of a Dancer pg 220-236

Armitage, Merle. "Duncan" in Dance Memoranda pages 16-19, and assorted drawings, Books for Libraries Press, 1946.

Banes, Sally. Dancing Women: female bodies on stage, pp. 74-80. London and New York: Routledge, 1998. (Includes analysis of Duncan’s Brahms Waltzes, Mother and Revolutionary Etude, as danced by Annabelle Gamson in videos).

Bardsley, Kay. “Isadora Duncan’s First School: the First Generation Founders of the Tradition.” Dance Research Collage, edited by Patricia A. Rowe and Ernestine Stodelle, 219-250. New York: CORD.

Bloch, Alice: Duncan and Nijinsky. A comparative study of the Apollonian and Dionysian elements in their work. In: Overby, Lynnette Young and James H. Humphrey (Hg.): Dance. Current selected research. Vol. 4, New York 2000, S. 114-134

Bolitho, William. "Isadora Duncan." Chapter 11 in Twelve Against the Gods: The Story of Adventure, pp. 305-327. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1929.

Boman, Birgit: Isadora Duncan and the swedish children's dance. In: Young people dancing: an international perspective. Fourth International Conference of Dance And the Child International. Vol. 1: Dance in education. London 1989, S. 27-32

Brow, Jean Morrison; Mindlin, Naomi; and Woodford, Charles H. editors. The Vision of Modern Dance: In the Words of its Creators. Princeton Book co., NJ. 1979, 1998.

Colin Chambers - 'Here We Stand' Politics, Performers and Performance - Charilie Chaplin, Paul Robeson, Isadora Duncan. A Nick Hern Book, London 2006. ISBN - 13 - 978 185459 92D9

Copeland, Roger and Marshall Cohen: What Is Dance? Readings in theory and criticism Oxford, New York, Toronto 1983, References to Isadora Duncan throughout. Includes Duncan's essays,"The Dance of the Future", "I See America Dancing" and "Richard Wagner", pp. 262-266.

Craig, Gordon. "Memories of Isadora Duncan." In Gordon Craig on Movement and Dance, pp. 247-252. Edited and with an Introduction by Arnold Rood. New York: Dance Horizons, 1977; reprinted from The Listener 47, no. 1214 (June 5, 1952): 913-914.

Daly, Ann. "Dance History and Feminist Theory: Reconsidering Isadora Duncan and the Male Gaze." In Laurence Senelick's Gender in Performance: The Presentation of Difference in the Performing Arts, pp. 239-259. Hanover, NH & London: University Press of New England for Tufts University, 1992.

Dance at Temple of the Wings, The Boynton-Quitzow Family in Berkeley, Regional Oral History Office, University of California Berkeley. Interviews conducted by Suzanne Riess, Vol. I, 1973; Vol. II, 1978. (Includes how the family's contact with Isadora Duncan and Anna Duncan influenced their dance teaching.)

Davison, Gladys: Isadora Duncan. In: Davison, Gladys: Ballet biographies. Rev. ed. London 1954, S. 63-68

Dell, Floyd. "Olive Schreiner and Isadora Duncan." In his Women as World Builders. Chicago: Forbes, 1913.

Denby, Edwin: On Isadora's technique. In: Ders.: Looking at the dance. New York 1949, S. 337-340

Dickson, Edward R. Poems of the Dance, An Anthology, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1921 contains several poems dedicated to Isadora Duncan. See Isadora (To Her Six Dancers) by Witter Bynner, p. 84; An Ode to a Dancer (Isadora Duncan), p. 85, also by Bynner; Isadora Duncan by John Collier, p. 95; Isadora Duncan by Max Eastman, p. 107; To Isadora Duncan by John Cowper Powys, p. 193; Isadora Duncan Dancing by Joel Elias Spingarn, p. 218; Isadora Duncan Dancing (Iphigenia in Aulis) by Louis Untermeyer, p. 243 and Isadora Duncan Dancing (Chopin) also by Untermeyer, p. 246.

Dress History - New Directions in Theory and Practice, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2015 Chapter 8 'At once classical and modern': Raymond Duncan dress and textiles in the Royal Ontario Museum by Alexandra Palmer. British Library ISBN: HB:978-o-85785-541-1

Eastman, Max. "Heroism Plus Heroics: Difficulties in Worshiping Isadora Duncan." In Heroes I Have Known. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1942.

Eynat-Confino, Irène. "Movement: Isadora Duncan." First section of Chapter 7 in her Beyond the Mask: Gordon Craig, Movement, and the Actor, pp. 62-71. Carbondale & Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1987.

Flitch, J. E. Crawford. Modern Dancing and Dancers. Grant Richards, London, 1912.

Gadan, Frances and Robert Maillard. Dictionary of Modern Ballet. Tudor Pub. Co., NY, 1959.

Genthe, Arnold. The Book of the Dance. Mitchell Kennerley Publisher, NY, 1916, pps 21-45.

Hanna, Judith Lynne. Dance, Sex and Gender: Signs of Identity, Dominance, Defiance, and Desire, University of Chicago Press, 1988. Several references to Isadora throughout.

Harris, Joanna Gewertz. Beyond Isadora: Bay Area Dancing 1915-1965. Berkeley, CA: Regent Press, 2009. ISBN 13: 978-1-58790-161-4 (See Part I, pp. 1-9, other references to Isadora Duncan throughout.)

Hastings, Baird. "Music for Isadora Duncan's dance." In Making music for modern dance: Collaboration in the formative years of a new American art. RILM, 2011.

Highwater, Jamake. Dance Rituals of Experience. Alfred vander Marck Editions, New York 1978. Many pages throughout the book with reference to Isadora Duncan.

Hurok S. Impresario. MacDonald & Co., (Publishers) LTD , London. 1947. pp. 89-123.

Job, Lenore Peters. Looking Back While Surging Forward. San Francisco: Peter Wright Creative Dance, 1984, pp. 64-69. ISBN 0916645010

Kanellos, Vassos The Antique Greek Dance and Isadora Duncan Illustrated. Athens, Greece 1966. Greek and English.

Kendall, Elizabeth. "Europe and Isadora." Chapter 3 in her Where She Danced, pp. 53-69. New York: Knopf: 1979.

LaMothe, Kimerer L. Nietzsche's Dancers: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and the Revaluation of Christian Values. New York: Macmillan, 2006, pb 2011.

Magriel, Paul (ed.) Isadora Duncan. New York: Henry Holt, 1947. Reprinted in Magriel's Nijinsky, Pavlova, Duncan: Three Lives in Dance. New York: Da Capo Press, 1947.

Manning, Susan A.: Duncan, Isadora. In: International Encyclopedia of Dance. Vol. 2, S. 451-458

Martin, John. Introduction to the Dance. Dance Horizon’s Republication. Chapter on Expressive Dance: Isadora Duncan pages 224-230; 1965.

May, Antoinette. "Isadora Duncan: A Force of Nature." Chapter 3 in her Different Drummers: They Did What They Wanted, pp. 58-80. Millbrae, CA: Les Femmes, 1976.

Maynard, Lorraine. "Dancing Rebel." Chapter 7 in her Genius in Chrysalis: Locked Doors on Greatness Within, pp. 142-157. New York, London, Toronto: Longmans, Green & Co., 1936.

Mazo, Joseph. H. Prime Movers, the Makers of Modern Dance in America . Chapter II, Isadora Duncan / The Religion of the Foot, William Morrow and Co., Inc., New York, 1977. ISBN 0-688-03078-5.

McDonagh, Don. The Complete Guide to Modern Dance, pp. 14-19. New York: Doubleday, 1976. Includes a Choreochronicle of Isadora Duncan.

Mickenberg, Julia L. American Girls in Red Russia, Chasing the Soviet Dream, Chapter 5 "Dancing Revolution," 2017, pp. 207-241.

Preston, Carrie J. Modernism's Mythic Prose, New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. Chapter 4, "The Motor in the Soul: Isadora Duncan's Solo Dance".

Rambert, Marie. Quicksilver: The Autobiography of Marie Rambert. Macmillan St. Martins Press, London, 1972.

Robinson, Jacqueline. Modern Dance in France An Adventure 1920-1970. Harwood academic publishers

Ruyter, Nancy Lee Chalfa. "Passionate Revolt: Isadora Duncan." In her Reformers and Visionaries: The Americanization of the Art of Dance, pp. 33-54. New York: Dance Horizons, 1979.

Seldon, Elizabeth. The Dancer's Quest. Essays on the Aesthetic of the Contemporary Dance, U. of CA Press, 1935 (Includes material on Isadora throughout).

Simonson, Mary. "Dancing Music: Isadora Duncan and Wagnerism in the American Imagination." In: Body Knowledge: Performance, Intermediality, and American Entertainment at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. Oxford University Press: 2013.

Souritz, Elizabeth: Isadora Duncan and prewar russian dancemakers. In: The ballets russes and its world. Ed. by Lynn Garafola and Nancy Van Norman Baer. New Haven and London 1999, S. 97-115, 358-361

Stewart, Iris J. Sacred Woman, Sacred Dance; Awakening Spirituality Through Movement and Ritual, Inner Traditions Inc., Vermont, 2000,

The American Historical Review. “The Vision of Salome”: Cosmopolitanism and Erotic Dancing in Central London 1908-1918. Pages 337-376 article on Maud Allen with several references and comparisons to Duncan. American Historical Association, Vol. 108, No 2, April 2003.

The Director, Volume 1, Numbers 1-10, December 1897 - November 1898, pp. 272-274. Dance Horizons, New York. ISBN 0-87127-065-X

Yagishita, Emi: Isadora Duncan's Adopted Daughters, the "Isadorables": Their Activities and Characteristics. In: Dance ACTions - Traditions and Transformations. Society of Dance History Scholars, 36th Annual Conference, Nowegian University of Science and Technology 2013, S. 427-434

Yushkova, Elena: Perceptions of Isadora Duncan's art in Russian criticism. In: Dance ACTions - Traditions and Transformations. Society of Dance History Scholars, 36th Annual Conference, Norwegian University of Science and Technology 2013, S. 435-445

de Acosta, Mercedes. "Isadora Duncan: A Paradox." In Speaking of the Famous: An Anthology of Spoken Esteem. London: Macmillan and Co, 1962.

de Mille, Agnes. "Duncan." In The Book of the Dance, pp. 134-137. New York: Golden Press; London: Paul Hamlyn, 1963.

de Mille, Agnes. "Isadora Duncan." Chapter 5 in America Dances, pp. 43-50. New York: Macmillan; London: Collier Macmillan, 1980.


Lenkei, Julia. "Flashes sur la danse libre en Hongrie. 1910-1930". In Mélusine, Cahiers du centre de recherche sur le surréalisme, n°15, "Ombre portée : le surréalisme en Hongrie", Lausanne, L’Âge d’homme, 1995.

Schwartz, Elisabeth, "Etudes de mains", in L’Histoire de la danse, repères dans le cadre du diplôme d’état, sous la direction de Claire Rousier, Centre national de la danse, Pantin, 2000.

Schwartz, Elisabeth, "Les Partenaires du solo", in La danse en solo, une figure singulière de la modernité, CND, 2002.

Sechan, Louis. La Danse Grecque Antique, Chapter 11, 'Isadora Duncan', E. de Boccard, Paris, 1930, pp. 315-356.

Van Dyk, Katharina. Bibliographie Isadora Duncan, 2015.


Brandenburg, Hans. Der Moderne Tanz. Munchen Beigeary Maller, 1921.

Bronnenmeyer, W.: Bewegte Nächte in der Philippsruh. Sie tanzte nur einen Sommer in Bayreuth: Isadora Duncan. In: 25 Jahre Aufbau und technische Entwicklung: Druckhaus Bayreuth. Bayreuth 1970, S. 114-117

Dos Passos, John: Die Hochfinanz. Die Kunst und Isadora. In: Rowohlt Almanach 1908-1962. Hrsg. v. Mara Hintermeier und Fritz J. Raddatz.Reinbek bei Hamburg 1962, S. 595-604

Hildenbrandt, Fred: Isadora Duncan. In: Ders.: Kleine Chronik. Gesammelte Aufsätze. Potsdam 1926, S. 145-148

Lämmel, Rudolf, Dr. phil. Der Moderne Tanz. Per J. Oestergaard, Verlag, Berlin-Schoneberg, pgs. 12-14, Fruhzeit des Neuen Tanzes: Isadora Duncans Auftreten pages. 33-38.

Probst, Ernst: Isadora Duncan. Das Tanzwunder aus Irland. In: Ders.: Königinnen des Tanzes. Mainz 2002, S. 27-30

Roessler, Arthur: Isadora Duncan. In: ders.: Vom Dichter der toten Stadt und andere Essays. Leipzig 1906, S. 39-47

Roessler, Arthur: Miss Isadora Duncans Chopintänze. In: ders.: Vom Dichter der toten Stadt und andere Essays. Leipzig 1906, S. 48-51

Schmidt, Jochen: Tanzgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts in einem Band. Mit 101 Choreographenporträts. Berlin 2002

Schulze, Janine: Den befreiten Körper suchend: Isadora Duncan. In: Amelie Soyka (Hg.): Tanzen und tanzen und nichts als tanzen. Tänzerinnen der Moderne von Josephine Baker bis Mary Wigman. Berlin 2004, S. 21-34

Wunderlich, Dieter: Isadora Duncan (1877-1927). Begründerin des modernen Ausdruckstanzes. In: ders.: WageMutige Frauen: 16 Porträts. Regensburg 2004, S. 156-176


Kanellos, Vassos The Antique Greek Dance and Isadora Duncan Illustrated. Athens, Greece 1966. Greek and English.


Casini Ropa, Eugenia: Loie Fuller e Isadora Duncan: donne nuove per una danza nuova. In: Elisa Guzzo Vaccarino (ed.): Danze di luce. Seminario 3. Milano 2003, S. 21-27

Veroli, Patrizia, “Isadora, la grande baccante”, in Baccanti e dive dell’aria. Donne danza e società in Italia 1900-1945, Edimond, Città di Castello, 2001


Khudekov, Sergei Nikolaevich: Istoriia tantsev. Petrograd 1918

Schneider, Ilja: Vstreci s Eseninym. In: Ajsedora Duncan: Tanec buduscego. Moja zizn'. Rostov-na-donu 1998, S. 273-435