A Cathartic Inspiration
Does One Become A Literary Genius?
For starters it is not inherited. It is acquired. This book
is an exploration into what makes the literary genius tick.
Is it style, panache, or a way with words? Are the good ones
normal, happy, or content? Not so, says Landrum, convinced
he knows the pathway to creative expression. The following
work delves into the inner drives that motivated Mark Twain,
the passions that inspired Dostoevsky, the rebellion found
in Shaw, and the sadism of Ian Fleming's James Bond creation.
What pushed Agatha Christie to write Detective Mysteries,
led Hemingway to become the virtuoso of the short story, made
Dr. Suess the hero of Children's books, Danielle Steel a Romance
Queen, and caused Stephen King to become the Maestro of the
Macabre? Cathartic inspiration was a common theme, but he
also says, "they were all just mad enough to excite, but not
too wacky to get published; passionate enough to titillate,
without being decadent; daring without being destructive;
imaginative within the bounds of credibility; manic without
cracking, mystical within the boundaries of rationality; and
driven enough to overcome adversity. But normal or happy they