Orison Swett Marden (1848-1924) was an American writer who worked in the genre of inspirational prose writing about the ways to gain success in life. According to his philosophy of life, people can manage their lives as they create and transform the life around them themselves. 'The Evolution Of A Violinist' is a short story by Orison Marden that represents a bright example of his writing style as it touches upon the topic of success. The central figure of the story is a talented violinist who is an honorable guest at the courts of king and emperors throughout the world and who recieves magnificent gifts for his music. Still, the dearest gift he got at the age of fourteen for playing for an old man. He got four pairs of doves and he would never forget them.