Daily Rituals

How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work

3.65 based on 8325 ratings & 838 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 24.10.2013
ISBN: 9781447241836
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

'Utterly fascinating' Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times

Anthony Trollope wrote three thousand words every morning before heading off to his job at the Post Office. Toulouse-Lautrec did his best work at night, sometimes even setting up his easel in brothels, and George Gershwin composed at the piano in pyjamas and a bathrobe. Freud worked sixteen hours a day, but Gertrude Stein could never write for more than thirty minutes, and F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in gin-fuelled bursts - he believed alcohol was essential to his creative process.

From Marx to Murakami and Beethoven to Bacon, Daily Rituals examines the working routines of more than a hundred and sixty of the greatest philosophers, writers, composers and artists ever to have lived. Filled with fascinating insights on the mechanics of genius and entertaining stories of the personalities behind it, Daily Rituals is irresistibly addictive, and utterly inspiring.

In the media

Some of the world's greatest minds had routines they stuck to to produce their works of genius. In Daily
Rituals, Mason Currey reveals their more bizarre habits

Daily Mirror

A thoroughly researched, minutely annotated and delightful book, full of the quirks and oddities of the
human comedy . . . Its main lesson can be summed up simply enough: get up, have a cup of coffee, sit at your desk and begin

Literary Review
A trove of entertaining anecdote and thought-provoking comparison
Daily Telegraph