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Handbook of the Economics of Art and Culture by David Throsby, Victor A. Ginsburgh

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Chapter 2

Creative Genius in Literature, Music, and the Visual Arts

Dean Keith Simonton,    University of California, Davis, USA

Abstract

This chapter examines creative genius in the three most prominent domains of artistic achievement: literature, music, and the visual arts. Treatment begins with the definition of artistic genius in terms of achieved eminence, with special attention to the measurement issues (i.e. magnitude of consensus and degree of temporal stability). From there discussion turns to the personal attributes of eminent artistic creators in the three domains, with an emphasis on how writers, composers, and artists differ from each other as well as from eminent scientific creators. The next issue concerns the developmental factors ...

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