All loved, and were loved by, their artists, and inspired them with an intensity of emotion akin to Eros.
In a brilliant, wry, and provocative book, National Book Award finalist Francine Prose explores the complex relationship between the artist and his muse. In so doing, she illuminates with great sensitivity and intelligence the elusive emotional wellsprings of the creative process.
I like the book, or what I read of it. I couldn't tell, from the Table of Contents, who the muse was associated with, and thus couldn't decide ahead of time if it was a relationship I might be interested in. Briefly, I looked in at the beginning of each chapter, and felt I got bogged down trying to decide if a particular coupling was something I'd be interested in (if I didn't know which artist was involved, only the muse is named in the chapter heading). Each chapter was obviously well written, and I think would be especially interesting to anyone knowing or interested in the artist in question. For me, there were only a few I really cared to know more about. So my only suggestion would be adding the artist (used in the generic term, for any of the arts) next to the name of the muse.read more
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