What Is Art?; By James Stanley Little by James Stanley LittleWhat Is Art?; By James Stanley Little by James Stanley Little

What Is Art?; By James Stanley Little

byJames Stanley Little

Paperback | January 10, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1884. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV. GENIUS AND ITS PREROGATIVES. Somebody has said genius is the power of hard work -- that and that alone. Mr. Matthew Arnold's definition of genius is somewhat similar to the foregoing, for he makes genius to be merely an excess of energy. This is true, and yet it is false. The genius must necessarily be a hard worker; he can't help it. He must also be a great producer, a great originator; he can't help that. The genius is the great sufferer for humanity, the great slave to humanity. The measure of his success depends upon the age in which he is born, his physical strength, the circumstances of his life, and upon a variety of considerations which I cannot attempt to sum up. On the other hand, I may say that I have little faith in the reality of unrecognized genius. Recognition may be, it generally is, long in coming; it may be a posthumous recognition. Unrecognized genius exists, and has existed, as I have already shown; but, on the other hand, how many claimants to the distinction of genius are mere empirics! How often one hears the expression bandied about, "Oh, he was a great genius, but he could never stick to one thing; he was always trying his hand at this, that, and the other, but he never finished anything." Such a man, however able, however talented, however clever, could be no genius. The distinctive badge of genius is to be possessed of one central idea, one grand central prism, from which light in all its gradations radiates. No man has a claim to the title of Genius who is not so possessed; no man has a claim to genius who does not possess the will to make that force dominant and dominating. Genius cannot exist without force, it is one of its elementary properties; it is its emphatic prerogative--force and hard work. The mind of the geniu...
Title:What Is Art?; By James Stanley LittleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217146015

ISBN - 13:9780217146012