Posts Tagged: child prodigies

The dark side of criticism

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“At eleven, I felt that I might actually play anything on this violin,” writes Catherine Tice, the daughter of two musicians. Her essay in Granta, “A Brief History of Musical Failure,” raises the question of what it means to have “the makings of a prodigy,” and whether, in order to succeed, one must be immune […]

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A gift that threatens to overwhelm

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Saturday Rumpus editor Michelle Dean writes for the New Yorker about Opal Whiteley, the “once celebrated, then controversial, and now forgotten” 1920s child prodigy and diarist. “The fantasy of orphanhood is a common one. It is the cornerstone of many cherished novels, from “A Little Princess” to “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” But Opal took […]

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