Creators: From Chaucer and Durer to Picasso and Disney
Twenty years ago Paul Johnson published Intellectuals, biographical essays forming what Kingsley Amis described as "a valuable and entertaining Rogues Gallery of Adventures of the Mind." It was a bestseller in many of the score of languages into which it was translated, but also criticized for describing clever people "so as to bring out their bad behavior" (Bernard Willia...more
This books gives you a glimpse of what it takes to be an innovator and creative leader. Through the lives of some of the greatest creators of our time, Johnson explores what makes someone great in the creative world. The dedication and determination exemplified throughout the pages of this book is truly inspiring. I think anyone who has aspirations to be a crator, whether a w ...more
a) at some level the author was comparing himself and his talents to those of some of the greatest artistic geniuses in western history and
b) that each of his chapters could essentially be compared to high school book reports about said geniuses.
c) The quality of the writing itself left much to be desired.
Among those analyzed, a few I would like to study more deeply are Durer, Chaucer, Turner, Austen, Pugin, and Balenciaga.The subjects who lost the most reputation in my mind: ...more
The abbreviated biographical stories in Johnson's Creators are brush strokes in a much larger painting, individual pieces of a mosaic (pun absolutely intended). Opening the book with the notion that creativity is inherent in all hu ...more
Un libro interesante para reflexionar acerca de los div ...more
The individual stories of specific creators, at times, are quite interesting. But in some chapters he wanders, leaving the reader wondering what the point of the chapter really is. He sometimes focuses on the strange or vulgar, while leaving out or marginalizing the master works of specific artists (e.g. Hugo's Les Mes gets less coverage than his filan ...more
But, tsk, I feel like sometimes there's too much praising in grand words without pointing out really anything - kind of showing off... or sometimes quite strong bias which is not concealed with enough humor ...more
A bit much, sir. But well-researched.
Paul Johnson has published over 40 books incl ...more