The Art of Youth: Crane, Carrington, Gershwin, and the Nature of First Acts

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 205 pages
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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.

 

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Review: The Art of Youth: Crane, Carrington, Gershwin, and the Nature of First Acts

User Review  - Gwen - Chew & Digest Books - - Goodreads

Premise was interesting, but the author was repetitive and full of pretension. He has the temerity to say that if Carrington had killed herself "just 3 weeks later" the sum total of the 3 subjects ... Read full review

Review: The Art of Youth: Crane, Carrington, Gershwin, and the Nature of First Acts

User Review  - Daniel Farabaugh - Goodreads

This was an alright book. The biographies of the artists were well done whereas the musings of the author were a bit tedious. Read full review

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Contents

1 First Acts
1
2 Stephen Crane
27
3 Dora Carrington
72
Photos
117
4 George Gershwin
118
5 The Beginner
163
Conclusion
187
Back Matter
196
Back Flap
207
Back Cover
208
Spine
209
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Nicholas Delbanco lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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