- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (December 6, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465027741
- ISBN-13: 978-0465027743
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Ghandi Reprint Edition
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Wildly informative across a 7 discipline range.
Add it to your library. Use it in a class or
for a book-club or discussion group.
It will prepare you for your own wider & deeper studies
of---Picassio, Stravinsky, T.S. Eliot, Ghandi, Freud,
Einstein, Martha Graham. And open you to the
range of possible forms of minding that are your own.
This book reminded me of Eric Erickson's biography of Gandhi, which I read years ago with great interest. Erickson's theories about the life cycle and how it applied to Gandhi's life were more satisfying to me than Gardner's generalizations.
There is an excellent 1955 film (Le Mystere Picasso) that shows time-lapse photography of Picasso's work in progress. The film helped me to feel better about my own frequent revisions when writing. It is available on DVD from a French company, Cinestore.com.
In my view the book's weakness is that the author uses a rigid and heavy structure to carry us through the lives of these geniuses.