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Author: Nicholas Delbanco Narrator: Jeff Crawford Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2013 ISBN: 9781480570979
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The Art of Youth is a moving inquiry into the nature of artistic prodigies who did their major work at an early age. Renowned novelist Nicholas Delbanco gives us a triptych of indelible portraits: the American writer Stephen Crane (immortalized by The Red Badge of Courage), the British artist Dora Carrington (called “the most neglected serious painter of her time”), and the legendary composer George Gersh­win (Rhapsody in Blue, Porgy and Bess).

All three lived colorful, productive lives before dying early, at an average age of thirty-five. In this learned and elegant book, Delbanco discovers what it is we mourn in artists who pass away so young, and muses on his own life—one marked by both early success and longevity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Art of Youth is a brilliant book about the power of youth to make great art, itself suffused with youthfulness, with wisdom and diligence and hope…Dazzling in detail and amazingly well-informed.”

    Paul Theroux, New York Times bestselling author of The Lower River

  • “Elegant and enlightening, The Art of Youth invites us to ask the timeless question of how artistic vitality—its energy, originality, and enthusiasm—can be maintained beyond youth into the blessing of a productive old age.”

    Charles Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of Middle Passage

  • “What truly distinguishes this work is his empathic understanding of his subjects’ situation: the blessings and burdens of prodigy. The final pages offer a lovely reflection—at once rueful and wry—on his own precocious gift. The result is a book filled with knowledge to be sure but also wisdom.”

    Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl

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About the Author

Nicholas Delbanco is the well-regarded author of numerous works of fiction, including The Vagabonds, What Remains, and The Count of Concord, as well as The Countess of Stanlein Restored, a nonfiction work. He is the chair of the University of Michigan’s MFA program.

About the Narrator

Jeff Crawford is an audiobook narrator whose readings include several titles by Diana Palmer, Fern Michaels, and Chris Roberson.