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Author Johnson, Fenton, author.

Title At the center of all beauty : solitude and the creative life / Fenton Johnson.

Publication Info. New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2020]


Location Call No. Status
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  155.92 JOHNSON    Check Shelf
 Simsbury Public Library - Non Fiction  155.92 JOHNSON    Check Shelf
 Wethersfield Public Library - Non Fiction  155.92 JOHNSON    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description xii, 236 pages ; 22 cm
Summary "A meditation on solitude as a font of creativity and spirituality. Known for his lyrical prose and clear insight, Fenton Johnson explores what it means to be not "single"-meaningless outside of coupledom-but "solitary," able to be alone, inclined to mine the treasures of inner life. Americans tend to celebrate "fortress marriage," turning an equal right into an omnivorous expectation, marginalizing solitaries as odd, even potentially threatening. Johnson taps into an older tradition embodied by Trappist monks near the Kentucky home where he grew up, and by artists and writers including Paul C©³℗♭zanne, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Henry James, Eudora Welty, Zora Neale Hurston, Rod McKuen, Nina Simone, and Bill Cunningham. Johnson includes his parents, who in workshop or garden found places to be alone; married people, too, can be solitaries in spirit. A hybrid of memoir, inspiration, social criticism, and celebration of the lives of great solitary artists, At the Center of All Beauty will resonate with anyone needing a break from the clamor of "society.""-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Solitude.
Personality and creative ability.
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Johnson, Fenton.
Gay men -- United States -- Biography.
ISBN 9780393608298 (hardcover)
0393608298 (hardcover)
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