Why do prodigies reach extraordinary heights in childhood while others peak decades later? What role do personality traits play in the livelihoods people pursue? Are we born with talent or lured by passion?
These questions, which have stoked the minds of philosophers and psychologists for centuries, inspired Claudia Kalb to explore the trajectories of 13 iconic figures who left colossal footprints in a variety of fields— from art and music to medicine, business, and politics--in her new book Spark: How Genius Ignites, From Child Prodigies to Late Bloomers.
BA Amherst, MA Columbia (SIPA)
best-selling author and journalist