The Art of Youth: Crane, Carrington, Gershwin, and the Nature of First Acts (Hardcover)
Crane, Carrington, Gershwin, and the Nature of First Acts
New Harvest, 9780544114463, 205pp.
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
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 Ameri-can writer Stephen Crane (immortalized by The Red Badge of Courage); British art-ist Dora Carrington (called "the most ne-glected 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.