People: Jun. 2, 1986

Their clothes are not tattered, nor do they live in drafty garrets or cold- water tenements. Already rich and famous, they seek neither money nor notoriety. But many multifaceted musicians, actors and writers still find themselves driven by the urge to paint, draw or sculpt. Writers particularly have a long history of picking up the occasional paintbrush, according to Kathleen Hjerter; her new book Doubly Gifted explores the artwork of such authors as William Blake, Victor Hugo, James Agee and Gunter Grass. The current list of versatile talents who feel the urge to "dip directly into physical reality," in the words...

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