Uncommon Genius: How Great Ideas Are Born

Paperback | February 1, 1991

byDenise Shekerjian

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Drawing on interviews with 40 winners of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship—the so-called "genius awards"—the insightful study throws fresh light on the creative process.

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In the tradition of The Creative Process, here is an absorbing look at creativity sure to be a perennial seller. Everyone from the budding entrepreneur to the weekend writer is looking for a great idea. But where do they come from? Denise Shekerjian interviewed 40 winners of the coveted MacArthur Foundation Fellowships--the "genius awa...

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Drawing on interviews with 40 winners of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship—the so-called "genius awards"—the insightful study throws fresh light on the creative process.

Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.65 × 5.09 × 0.59 inPublished:February 1, 1991Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140109862

ISBN - 13:9780140109863

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Table of Contents

In the Beginning
Part One
1. Talent and the Long Haul
2. Taking on Risk
3. Staying Loose
4. Setting Up the Conditions
5. Learning Through Doing
Part Two
6. Investing Your Work with a Vision
7. A Change of Perspective
8. A Shift in the Scenery
9. Sustaining Concentration and Drive
10. Encouraging Luck
11. The Harmony of Instinct and Judgment
Part Three
12. Despair and Isolation, Madness and Meanness
13. Building Resiliency
14. For the Love of It
The Forty Fellows
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

From Our Editors

In the tradition of The Creative Process, here is an absorbing look at creativity sure to be a perennial seller. Everyone from the budding entrepreneur to the weekend writer is looking for a great idea. But where do they come from? Denise Shekerjian interviewed 40 winners of the coveted MacArthur Foundation Fellowships--the "genius awards"--to uncover how they work and how they sneak up on great ideas. And Denise demonstrates how individuals can harness the creative spark in their own lives