The best of genius at work, in their own words and pictures?
March 25, 2009 5:25 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for books featuring (first hand) the creative processes, influences, daily routines and preparatory works of creative people - visual artists, film makers, novelists, poets etc.
posted by fire&wings to media & arts (11 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
It dawned on me recently that I often enjoy insight into the creative process of great minds even more than I do their completed, published works. The letters
of Samuel Beckett, the manuscript facsimile
of 1984 by Orwell, the theories
of Robert Bresson, to name a few.
I'm looking for the best books - diaries, letters, collected preliminary designs or sketches, written manifestos - by great creative minds. Preferably behind the scenes of their great works or their career, rather than especially notable works in their own right. They needn't be direct documentary insights into the creation of certain works, I'm also interested in reading diaries and letters relating generally to the formative experiences/periods of these lives. I am only interested in "primary evidence" - actual documents transcribed or reproduced, rather than biography or speculation.