Grace of Great Things CL

Robert Grudin, Author
Robert Grudin, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $20.95 (257p) ISBN 978-0-89919-940-5
Reviewed on: 05/01/1990
Release date: 05/01/1990
Grudin stresses that creativity is heightened when tasks become emotional challenges. He views creativity as an offering to society--social in nature--rather than a solitary pursuit. The creative act demands openness, self-scrutiny and love of form and beauty, qualities that have ethical implications. Indeed, Grudin ( Time and the Art of Living ) asserts that creative people possess integrity, strength of character, a willingness to court insecurity and failure. While granting that democracy is probably friendlier to innovation than are other forms of society, he faults liberal intellectuals for their biases and blind-spots, e.g., an aversion to holistic thinking, pointing a finger also at the politics of scientific research, teachers who stifle creativity and, in contemporary poetry, ``the puritanical prohibitions of modern free-verse style.'' Brimming with ideas, this exciting book forces us to consider the moral and psychological dimensions of creativity in a new light. (May)
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