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Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (Hardback)

Edited by Currey, Mason

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How artists work, how they ritualize their days with the comforting (mundane) details of their lives: their daily routines, fears, dreams, naps, eating habits, and other prescribed, finely calibrated subtle maneuvers that help them use time, summon up willpower, exercise self-dis...cipline and keep themselves afloat with optimism. Artists considering how they work--in letters, diaries, interviews, beguilingly compiled and edited by Mason Currey. Portraits that inspire, amuse, and delight and that reveal the profound fusion of discipline and dissipation through which the artistic temperament is allowed to evolve, recharge, emerge. From Beethoven and Kafka to George Sand, Picasso, Woody Allen and Agatha Christie; from Leo Tolstoy and Henry James to Charles Dickens and John Updike, here are writers, composers, painters, choreographers, playwrights, philosophers, caricaturists, comedians, poets, sculptors, and scientists on how they create (and avoid creating) their creations. A Sampling of Daily Rituals Charles Dickens Dickens's eldest son recalled that, no city clerk was ever more methodical or orderly than he; no humdrum, monotonous, conventional task could ever have been discharged with more punctuality or with more business-like regularity than he gave to the work of his imagination and fancy. Dickens rose at 7:00, had breakfast at 8:00, and was in his study by 9:00. He stayed there until 2:00, taking a brief break for lunch with his family, during which he often seemed to be in a trance, eating mechanically and barely speaking a word before hurrying back to his desk. On an ordinary day he could complete about two thousand words, but during a flight of imagination he sometimes managed twice that amount. Maya Angelou I keep a hotel room in which I do my work--a tiny, mean room with just a bed and, sometimes, if I can find it, a face basin. I keep a dictionary, a Bible, a deck of cards, and a bottle of sherry in the room...
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ISBN 9780307273604
Released AU 23 Apr 2013
Publisher Knopf Publishing Group
Format Hardback
Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9780307273604
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Knopf Publishing Group
Imprint University Press plc
Released 23 Apr 2013
Publication Country Nigeria Nigeria
Format Hardback
Author(s) Edited by Currey, Mason
Category Individual Artists
Collections & Anthologies Of Various Literary Forms
Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
Controversial Knowledge
Number of Pages 278
Dimensions Width: 137mm
Height: 189mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code 700.922
Weight 390g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Work ethic, Artists - Psychology, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / General, REFERENCE / Curiosities & Wonders, HISTORY / Essays
NBS Text Biography: The Arts
ONIX Text General/trade