The title of the article intrigued me: “An Anatomy of Inspiration, 1942.” It showed up in the Brainpickings newsletter that arrived in my inbox a few Sundays ago, on a day in which I wanted badly to write but could not get a word on the page. Maria Popova, the article’s author, called Rosamund E.M. Harding’s An Anatomy of Inspiration a “slim but potent volume” in the very first paragraph, and I immediately knew that I wanted to see more of the little book.
Because the book is no longer in print and only available in archives, I was delighted to see full paragraphs pulled from it. This is one of my favorites:
Harding draws these ideas from examining the creative processes of many great minds: Tchaikovsky, Austen, Dickens, Goethe, Twain, Pasteur, Kant, Eliot, Mozart, Kelvin, Burns, and more. Though the assortment of people examined is somewhat eclectic, it seems that Harding found quite a bit of common ground.
If only the little book was available in print or online…
Until next Thursday,