LA Times Book Critic David Ulin Reviews The Art of Youth

Nicholas Delbanco’s Art of Youth  studies talent cut short

Studying the output of Stephen Crane, Dora Carrington and George Gershwin, Nicholas Delbanco looks for commonalities among creative types who create great works at young ages, then die early.

Book review by David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
November 27, 2013 | 1:30 p.m.


The book is a companion to the author’s “Lastingness: The Art of Old Age,” which came out in 2011 and looks at creativity through the other end of the telescope, invoking Monet, Yeats, Georgia O’Keeffe and Eubie Blake, all of whom kept producing until late in life. As it was there, Delbanco’s purpose in this new work is to investigate not only how art gets made but what it says about those who make it: their sensibility and their vision, yes, but also their “energy,” their “exuberance” and their “fluency.”

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