Aug 02, 2012

by English Muse

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,


(Unwritten, Untitled)


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One Response to “An Anatomy of Inspiration”

  1. Luli says:

    This looks really interesting. I love coming across unique or unknown books like these…

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