Katherine Dunham

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General Information

Name: Katherine Dunham

Pen Name: None

Born: 1909 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: 2006 in New York, New York

Illinois Connection

Dunham was born in Chicago. As a childe, she lived in Glen Ellyn, the south side of Chicago and Joliet, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dunham was an American dancer, choreographer, and company director as well as an author, educator, and social activist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in American and European theater of the 20th century and has been called the "matriarch and queen mother of black dance."

Published Works

  • Katherine Dunham`s Journey to Accompong, Holt, 1946
  • A Touch of Innocence, Harcourt, 1959
  • Island Possessed, Harcourt, 1969
  • Kasamance, A Fantasy, Third Press, 1974

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Journey to Accompong

ISBN: 0837151872
Release Date: 1972-01-27

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A Touch of Innocence: A Memoir of Childhood

ISBN: 0226171124
Release Date: 1994-06-01

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Island Possessed

ISBN: 0226171132
Release Date: 1994-06-25

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Kasamance: A Fantasy

ISBN: 0893881287
Release Date: 1974

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Literary Awards


External Links

Katherine Dunham on WorldCat

Katherine Dunham on Amazon


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