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Clive Alexander Barnes(13 May 1927 – 19 November 2008) was an English writer and critic. From 1965-77, he was the dance and theater critic for The New York Times , the most powerful position he held, since its theater critics' reviews historically have had great influence on the success or failure of Broadway productions.
Born in Lambeth, London,Barnes was educated at Emanuel School, and St Catherine's College, Oxford. He was the dance and drama critic at the New York Post from 1978 until 2008, and senior consulting editor at Dance Magazine , where he wrote a monthly column, "Attitudes". He also contributed regularly to the British journal Dance Now, edited and wrote for British newspapers such as The Times and the Daily Express , and the weekly Spectator magazine.
Barnes authored and contributed to numerous books related to theater and the performing arts, particularly dance. These include four volumes of 50 Best Plays of the American Theatre, nine series of Best American Plays (with John Gassner), American Ballet Theatre: A 25 Year Retrospective (with Elizabeth Kaye), the foreword to Masters of Movement: Portraits of America's Great Choreographers (by Rose Eichenbaum), Ballet in Britain Since the War, New York Times Directory of the Theater, Ballet Here and Now, Dance Scene USA, Inside American Ballet Theatre, as well as biographies of Tennessee Williams and Rudolf Nureyev.[ citation needed ]
Regarding television, Barnes said, "It is the first truly democratic culture, the first culture available to everyone and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want" (New York Times, December 30, 1969).
He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975, and appointed a knight of the Order of the Dannebrog in 1972 by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
He was married four times. His wives included ballet writer Patricia Winckley, news columnist Amy Pagnozzi, and Royal Ballet soloist and teacher Valerie Taylor.
He died from liver cancer on November 19, 2008 in New York City, aged 81.
The Clive Barnes Foundation, which was established in 2009 to administer the Clive Barnes Awards.[ citation needed ]
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