“Lucid, perceptive, and broad-ranging, LASTINGNESS speaks to the greatest anxiety of the creative with wisdom-infused passion. This is a work to take gratefully to heart.” —Gish Jen, author of World and Town “From where else but the panoramic cultural erudition of Nicholas Delbanco could such a tour-de-force of artistic sensitivity have come? This book is […]
Lastingness: The Art of Old Age Nicholas Delbanco, Grand Central, $24.99 (288 p) ISBN 978-0-446-19964-3 Why do so many creative minds become more productive and flourish with age? Delbanco (The Beaux Arts Trio), one of America’s most influential literary writers and critics, tackles this question, brushing aside the national obsession with youth to measure mature […]
Library Journal: Review of LASTINGNESS The Art of Old Age
Prolific scholar and novelist Delbanco (Spring and Fall) applies his sound literary skills to this study of geniuses–as they aged–in the fields of literature, music, and the visual arts. Delbanco focuses on the fascinating question of why some people’s creative talents flourish with age, while others’ fade. He explores and explains our general societal conflict about our elders and the question of when to expect them to step aside.
Review Date: October 15, 2010 Publisher:Grand Central Publishing Pages: 288 Price ( Hardback ): $24.99 Publication Date: January 24, 2011 ISBN ( Hardback ): 978-0-446-19964-3 Category: Nonfiction A prolific author now in his late-60s examines why some artists remain productive, even innovative, in the dying of the light, while others opt not to rage but […]