The Creative Self

The Creative Self

From The River of Consciousness

Oliver Sacks


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A Vintage Shorts selection.

Susan Sontag read voraciously. Alexander Pope wrote “Imitations of English Poets.” Henri Poincaré sought distraction from the mathematical problems that occupied his mind.
In these and other fascinating case studies, bestselling author Oliver Sacks seeks answers to the question of how creativity can be kindled and encouraged in a person's life. Imbued with the passion and keen insight that made Sacks beloved to countless readers, this selection from The River of Consciousness will be of eager interest to all those with zeal for creative pursuit.

An ebook short.


Oliver Sacks:
Oliver Sacks was born in London in 1933. He studies medicine at Oxford, followed by a residency at UCLA. For the next fifty years, he worked as a neurologist in New York City at various institutions for the chronically ill, including Beth Abraham Hospital in the Bronx and several nursing homes run by the Little Sister of the Poor.
            The New York Times referred to Sacks as “the poet laureate of medicine.” He is best known for his collections of neurological case histories, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, An Anthropologist on Mars, and Hallucinations. “Again and again,” wrote the Los Angeles Times, “Sacks invites readers to imagine their way into minds unlike their own, encouraging a radical form of empathy.”
            Awakenings, his 1973 book about a group of patients who had survived the great encephalitis lethargica epidemic of the early twentieth century, inspired the 1990 Academy Award-nomination feature film starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams.
            Dr. Sacks was a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books and many other journals. He was a member of the Royal College of Physicians, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2008, Queen Elizabeth II named him a Commander of the British Empire.
            He served as a board member of the New York Botanical Garden, which awarded him their Gold Medal in 2011.
            The asteroid 84928 Oliversacks was named in honor of his seventy-fifth birthday in 2008.
            Dr. Sacks died in New York City in 2015, a few months after the publication of his memoir, On the Move.
            For more information about Dr. Sacks and the Oliver Sacks Foundation, please visit