by D. N. Perkins
Harvard University Press, 1981
Cloth: 978-0-674-57627-8 | Paper: 978-0-674-57624-7 | eISBN: 978-0-674-04203-2
Library of Congress Classification BF408.P387
Dewey Decimal Classification 153.35


Over the years, tales about the creative process have flourished-tales of sudden insight and superior intelligence and personal eccentricity. Coleridge claimed that he wrote "Kubla Khan" in one sitting after an opium-induced dream. Poe declared that his "Raven" was worked out "with the precision and rigid consequence of a mathematical problem."

D. N. Perkins discusses the creative episodes of Beethoven, Mozart, Picasso, and others in this exploration of the creative process in the arts, sciences, and everyday life.