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.
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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.Read Full Review of The Art of Youth: Crane, Carr... | See more reviews from Kirkus
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.Read Full Review of The Art of Youth: Crane, Carr... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
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?Read Full Review of The Art of Youth: Crane, Carr... | See more reviews from LA Times
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