In the Boston Globe Glenn C. Altschuler reviews a new biography of Fred Astaire by Joseph Epstein:
They can't take that away from me
The elegance and allure of Astaire are eternal
In "Fred Astaire," Joseph Epstein, former editor of The American Scholar and author of "Snobbery," "Friendship," and "Fabulous Small Jews," among other books, tries to pin down Astaire's magic, sublimity, and allure. A deeply personal book, slim, lightly researched, but insightful and elegantly written, "Fred Astaire" is an homage to a perfectionist, "guarded about his personal life," who did most of his talking with his feet.