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Revelations: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey Book Summary and Study Guide

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The late Alvin Ailey, legendary and revolutionary American dancer, chronicles his life, beginning with his humble Texas roots on to the theatrical stages of the world. Ailey tells of his long career, its highs and lows, and honestly discusses his sexuality. The dancer also writes about the racial prejudices that he faced in trying for success on the Broadway stage. Along the way, the author "drops" names of other luminaries of dance (George Balanchine, Judith Jameson, Carmen de Lavallade, and Lester Horton, to name a few), each having an impact on his development. Ailey's longtime friend, the equally remarkable Lena Horne, writes the book's foreword.
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Plot & Themes

Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Black Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   gay guy If this is a culture clash:    -   minority culture living in majority area Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Story of entertainer?    -   Singer/Dancer Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Ethnicity    -   Black Nationality    -   American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog

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