The New York Times book section discusses whether money problems spur or stifle creativity, focusing on famous authors. The article begins as follows:
Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. This week, Rivka Galchen and Mohsin Hamid discuss the role of money troubles in a creative life.
By Rivka Galchen
“As I Lay Dying” was written while Faulkner worked night shifts in a university boiler room.
Marcel Proust never had a job.
Emily Dickinson never had a job.
Gustave Flaubert, Sartre believed, exaggerated or fabricated an epileptic condition so as to get out of law school and instead move back in with his mother.
Vladimir Nabokov was born into vast wealth, lost most everything, eventually landed a teaching position at one university and then another, wrote arguably his best works during that time, and later retired to Montreux, Switzerland. His wife, Véra, by his account, served him as a secretary, typist, chauffeur, teaching assistant, research assistant . . . and so on.
Read full article at Do Money Woes Spur Creativity or Stifle It? – NYTimes.com.