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Creativity often begins with pain, but creativity in action is the highest joy. It is passion and play.In this fresh, learned, and surprising book, Robert Grudin explores the meaning of creativity in Western culture and in our individual lives.MoreCreativity often begins with pain, but creativity in action is the highest joy. It is passion and play.In this fresh, learned, and surprising book, Robert Grudin explores the meaning of creativity in Western culture and in our individual lives. Taking his text from art and science, from history and the present moment, Grudin demonstrates that creativity represents the ultimate human freedom. Why, he asks, does it flourish in some settings and not others? How do the happiest of human beings find access to their creative intelligence?Grudin brilliantly exposes the stultification of our universities and corporations, and the mode of thought everywhere in the modern that smothers inventive ideas. He offers practical reforms that could make our institutions more hospitable to innovation. The result is an eloquent and challenging volume that emphasizes the need to be more open to creative thought, both individually and as a civilization. (Booklist)The The Grace of Great Things alters the way we see, and could change the way we live.About the AuthorRobert Grudin is an interdisciplinary thinker concerned with the implications of human liberty.His philosophical trilogy, Time and the Art of Living, The Grace of Great Things, and On Dialogue, examines questions of liberty and determinism in a variety of fields, with particular emphasis on psychology, politics, communications and creative endeavor.His fiction (Book, a novel) and scholarship (Mighty Opposites) explore related themes. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the New York Times, the American Scholar, the Wall Steet Journal, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.Grudins work has been widely reviewed, and his many public appearances include lectures to professional societies in science, technology, business, design, government, medicine, education, political science, and creative writing. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1992-93.Robert Grudin graduated from Harvard College and received a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. Until 1998 he was a professor of English at the University of Oregon.