The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World

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Vintage Books, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 435 pages
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By now a modern classic, The Gift is a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities. Widely available again after twenty-five years, this book is even more necessary today than when it first appeared. An illuminating and transformative book, and completely original in its view of the world, The Gift is cherished by artists, writers, musicians, and thinkers. It is in itself a gift to all who discover the classic wisdom found in its pages.

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User Review  - Lew - Goodreads

I'm a great believer that there's much that's wrong with the art world, proper compensation to artists and fair tax breaks being among them. However, Lewis Hyde opens these dilemmas up with an almost ... Read full review

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User Review  - Peter Davis - Goodreads

A tremendous book. Speaks to foundational spiritual questions about life, art and organizing society. Raises the difference between Gift Culture and Market Exchange, exploring the former in amazing ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Lewis Hyde was born in Boston in 1945 and studied at both Minnesota and Iowa universities. His hugely acclaimed essay, "Alcohol and Poetry: John Berryman and the Booze Talking," in part sprang out of his experiences as an alcoholism counselor, but he is also a highly regarded poet in his own right whose poetry and essays have been widely published. He is a MacArthur Fellow, a former director of creative writing at Harvard and, alongside The Gift, he is the author of the equally acclaimed Trickster Makes This World. He lives in Ohio, where he is completing a third book.

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