At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.8 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Fenton Johnson lives in San Francisco and Tucson, but is often found hiking his native Kentucky. An award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, he teaches at the University of Arizona and Spalding University, contributes to Harper's magazine, and has been featured on Fresh Air.

I love Fenton Johnson's sensibility. It's a joy and a balm to see the world through his eyes--and to rediscover solitude as our deepest and most powerful source of creativity and spirituality, even for people who are coupled.--Susan Cain, author of Quiet and Quiet Power
A work of staggering tenderness, intelligence and beauty...a new vision of self, community and home. This achingly honest and gorgeously written book should come with a warning: It will change you.--Harriet Lerner, PhD, author of The Dance of Anger
In studies of the lives of beloved artists, and in beautiful meditations on his own life, Fenton Johnson encourages us to understand solitariness as consecration, a fecund, rich condition for the pursuit of beauty. Fenton Johnson's writing is so companionable and wise that it enacts what it converts sterile loneliness to creative solitude.--Garth Greenwell, author of Cleanness and What Belongs to You
A treasure that I didn't know I was looking for, one that unearthed and validated buried truths. This small book is incredible, both profound and humane...And yes, it is deeply beautiful. Fenton Johnson is one of our great writers.--Rabih Alameddine, author of The Angel of History and An Unnecessary Woman