Creators [NOOK Book]

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Kingsley Amis described Paul Johnson's Intellectuals as “a valuable and entertaining Rogues' Gallery of Adventures of the Mind.” Now the celebrated journalist and historian offers Creators, a companion volume of essays that examines a host of outstanding and prolific creative spirits. Here are Disney, Picasso, Bach, and Shakespeare; Austen, Twain, and T. S. Eliot; and Dürer, Hokusai, Pugin, and Viollet-le-Duc, among many others.

Paul Johnson believes that creation cannot be ...

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Overview

Kingsley Amis described Paul Johnson's Intellectuals as “a valuable and entertaining Rogues' Gallery of Adventures of the Mind.” Now the celebrated journalist and historian offers Creators, a companion volume of essays that examines a host of outstanding and prolific creative spirits. Here are Disney, Picasso, Bach, and Shakespeare; Austen, Twain, and T. S. Eliot; and Dürer, Hokusai, Pugin, and Viollet-le-Duc, among many others.

Paul Johnson believes that creation cannot be satisfactorily analyzed, but it can be illustrated to bring out its salient characteristics. That is the purpose of this instructive and witty book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061740954
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 648,523
  • File size: 500 KB

Meet the Author

Paul Johnson is a historian whose work ranges over the millennia and the whole gamut of human activities. He regularly writes book reviews for several UK magazines and newspapers, such as the Literary Review and The Spectator, and he lectures around the world. He lives in London, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2006

    Lively, ideosyncratic comparative biographies

    Author Johnson displays his erudition and wit and manages (usually) to supress his conservative Catholic biases in his enthusiastc treatment of Dürer, Hokusai, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Austen, Twain, Tiffany, and others. His admiration for entreprenureal expertise comes through in his articles on fashion designers Balenciaga and Dior, and especially Disney. A definite bonus is the in-depth treatment the author gives to such technology as printmaking (Dürer), glass making (Tiffany), and fashion design and dressmaking (Balenciaga), particularly since his knowledge seems so intimate as to transcend mere library research. His more negative assessments of Hugo and Picasso are well worth reading, but perhaps less entertaining. His least persuasive essay is that on Walt Disney, not that Disney was lacking in creative energy, versatility,or influence, but because Johnson credits him especially for championing Nature. The author acknowledges that Uncle Walt anthropomorphized animals, but he sees that as a plus, and he ignores the sentimentalizing and sugar- coating of Nature that is sometimes appropriately nicknamed 'Disneyfying.' He apparently does not see that to give human emotions and attitudes to other animals is to falsify. This is the sort of book that may send you looking for more about J.S. Bach, Tiffany, or some of the others. You already know more than enough about Walt Disney.

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    Posted March 29, 2012

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    Posted March 26, 2012

    I would like to join

    My name is Wolfpaw i need a mentor.

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    Posted March 29, 2012

    Silverleaf and rowankit

    I want out from school! Rowankit mommy r u on? Go to sophia.

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    Posted March 27, 2012

    To Calmstar

    If you let Wolfpaw join I would like to mentor him/her(I'm not sure),if that is fine with you.~Bluemist

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    Posted March 22, 2012

    Birdpaw

    Ok! *follows rainpelt*

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    Posted March 25, 2012

    Sweetmoon

    Srry. Had dance class. I will take care of the kits. Im like an aunt for tjem

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    Posted March 18, 2012

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    A warrior

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