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At the center of all beauty : solitude and the creative life

Author: Fenton Johnson
Publisher: New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2020]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Combining memoir, social criticism, and research, the author explores what it means to be solitary and celebrates the notion, common in his Roman Catholic childhood, that solitude is a legitimate and dignified calling. Delves into the lives and works of nearly a dozen iconic "solitaries," including Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, Bill Cunningham, Cézanne, and Zora Neale Hurston.
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Genre/Form: Creative nonfiction
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Fenton Johnson; Fenton Johnson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fenton Johnson
ISBN: 9780393608298 0393608298
OCLC Number: 1102475315
Description: xii, 236 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Monks and rascals --
The forging of a solitary --
I to myself (Henry David Thoreau) --
The psychology of the Earth (Paul Cézanne) --
Formidably alone (Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson) --
The generosity of bachelors (Henry James) --
All serious daring begins within (Eudora Welty) --
The lover of God (Rabindranath Tagore) --
A soundless island in a tideless sea (Zora Neale Hurston) --
A man alone, a single woman (Rod McKuen and Nina Simone) --
Those who seek beauty will find it (Bill Cunningham) --
From loneliness to solitude.
Responsibility: Fenton Johnson.

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"A treasure that I didn't know I was looking for, one that unearthed and validated buried truths. This small book is incredible, both profound and humane...And yes, it is deeply beautiful. Fenton Read more...

 
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