The Art of Youth by Nicholas Delbanco
Crane, Carrington, Gershwin, and the Nature of First Acts

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...must have intended this as a bookend to his earlier study, Lastingness: The Art of Old Age...A study that belabors the obvious and provides little illumination.
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The Art of Youth is a moving inquiry into the nature of artistic prodigies who did their major work at an early age. Renowned novelist Nicholas Delbanco gives us a triptych of indelible portraits: the American writer Stephen Crane (immortalized by The Red Badge of Courage); British artist Dora Carrington (called “the most neglected serious painter of her time”); and the legendary composer George Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue, Porgy and Bess).

All three lived colorful, productive lives before dying early, at an average age of thirty-five. In this learned and elegant book, Delbanco discovers what it is we mourn in authors who pass away so young, and muses on his own life—one marked by both early success and longevity.

 

About Nicholas Delbanco

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Nicholas Delbanco lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
 
Published November 19, 2013 by Amazon Publishing. 223 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 30 2013

...must have intended this as a bookend to his earlier study, Lastingness: The Art of Old Age...A study that belabors the obvious and provides little illumination.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Richard Cytowic on Nov 18 2013

He sets up a premise that is hard to argue...But there are far too many examples of precocious genius to take the argument at face value...Many readers will surely come up with their own examples and easily so. Yet the author does not adequately address such a foreseeable objection.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Davud Ulin on Nov 27 2013

This is the thing about art, that it remains fundamentally inexplicable, even to those who create it. What gives us acuity in one area and not another? Why do some, like Gershwin, produce over an extended period, while others, such as Carrington, lose their faith?

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