Muses have fascinated for millennia, yet seldom receive as much exposure as the artistic geniuses they inspire. Of any age, descent or gender, muses enchant simply by being themselves. This innate capacity to inspire has been commonplace for many years, yet these catalysing forces are little understood. Offering a history of inspiration, Julia Forster lends a fresh perspective to what happened when Lewis Carroll played with Alice Liddell; when Rainer Maria Rilke dreamed of Salome; or when John Lennon wrote for Yoko Ono. An essential guide to how muses work.