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After years of rumour Roland John Wiley’s major new study of Petipa and his ballets has just been announced for publication next month:
 
 
Professor Wiley, known for his lifetime’s devotion to ballet scholarship of the highest order, looks here to have reached a new high point. The price is not untypically steep for an academic work of this scale but no doubt libraries are already placing their orders. This is very exciting!

 
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16 hours ago, CHazell2 said:

Yes, I saw that. It's a bit steep for what it is. However academic books are usually highly priced than other books - I wonder why that is. Hope that it is a good book.

 

I think there'd be a number of factors: academic books are often many years in the researching/writing (not that that will always be reflected in the author's advance/royalties!); the print run is likely to be small; and the target market is likely to be institutions with a budget for such publications (which may be essential for their own research or library) rather than ordinary members of the public.

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Wow, Amazon is listing it at £189 for pre-order which is fairly eye-watering.

 

There's also yet another book forthcoming about Diaghilev by critic Rupert Christansen called Diaghilev's Empire & scheduled for October in hardback, sounds interesting, but surely the subject matter must be close to exhaustion by now? Preorder is £26.

 

Also, a new Lynn Garafola book La Nijinska: Choreographer of the Modern due 1st June in hardback at £30, it appears to be bountiful in photos & illustrations & at over 500 pages looks a very worthwhile addition to dancelover's shelves.

 

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Having pre-ordered this expensive tome, I now received an email from Amazon that publication is delayed, without providing a new date. So I checked   amazon.com and saw this:

 

This title will be released on  August 16, 2022.  Oh, phooey!

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Jeannette said:

Having pre-ordered this expensive tome, I now received an email from Amazon that publication is delayed, without providing a new date. So I checked   amazon.com and saw this:

 

This title will be released on  August 16, 2022.  Oh, phooey!

 

 

 


I see the publishers have also updated their announcement to August:

 

https://anthempress.com/the-petersburg-noverre-marius-petipa-in-russia-hb

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Release day pushed even further out, to 15 November 2022. Still US$250 on USAmazon.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Petersburg-Noverre-Marius-Petipa-Russia/dp/1839984163/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=1C3DDZK7WJACJ&keywords=Marius+Petipa+Wiley&qid=1659534244&sprefix=marius+petipa+wiley%2Caps%2C151&sr=8-1

 

So what’s going on?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your upbeat reporter here! :)  

 

This book is yet again postponed. The newest anticipated publishing date for R.J. Wiley’s Petipa is - tahdah! - March 7, 2023.

 

US Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Petersburg-Noverre-Marius-Petipa-Russia/dp/1839984163/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=1V9AKXSV5UV2N&keywords=Petipa+Wiley&qid=1668624764&sprefix=petipa+wiley%2Caps%2C170&sr=8-1

 

The price is still $250.

 

 

 

 

 

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On 16/11/2022 at 14:52, Ian Macmillan said:

He's probably still writing and/or revising it.  (I undertook a project some years ago that led me down various rabbit holes and delayed publication well beyond the original target date.)


Right. My understanding is that the number of primary sources (documents) from Russia is tremendous. It’s taking much longer than originally anticipated….lots to sort and refine into a well-honed tome of just 250 pages.  It will surely be well worth the time.

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