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Age and Creativity

Henry James on Late Bloomers

David Galenson | Posted 02.22.2014 | Arts
David Galenson

Psychologists believe that creativity is only for the young. They are wrong. They don't understand experimental creativity. They might take a lesson from Henry James, who did.

Poetic Late Bloomers: William Butler Yeats as Model

David Galenson | Posted 08.25.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

The myth of early poetic greatness is an unfortunate example of synecdoche, for it mistakes one part of poetry for the whole.

Recognizing That Poets Don't Peak Early: T.S. Eliot Reads Shakespeare

David Galenson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

T.S. Eliot was the quintessential conceptual young genius. The extended and gradual growth of the experimental Shakespeare was clearly puzzling, and perhaps uncomfortable, to the conceptual Eliot, whose own life cycle of creativity was so different.

Art Rules?

David Galenson | Posted 08.06.2013 | Arts
David Galenson

Few, if any, domains, and certainly none in the arts, have a single, fixed set of rules and practices, that are accepted and followed by all practitioners. Instead, many if not most disciplines simultaneously have several different sets of rules.