The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property

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Vintage Books, 1983 - Philosophy - 327 pages
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Examines the concept of gifts in anthropological terms and uses this approach to analyze the situation of creative artists and their gifts to society

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Still, some interesting insights. - Goodreads
A brilliant work of scholarship. - Goodreads
This is the premise of Lewis Hyde's 'The Gift' (1983). - Goodreads
In my case, photography was a lot like fishing. - Goodreads

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explores the areas where gift economies and art intersect. it's part anthroplogy, part art/lit crit, part philosophy, and part economics. a glorious generalist writing on a specific subject. good stuff. Read full review

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User Review  - Olga - Goodreads

Confusing, in parts extremely boring, but in other parts fascinating and really enlightening. I didn't have the attention span to read through the whole book but I read parts and seems like a lot of it is quiet repetitive Read full review

Contents

Some Food We Could Not Eat
3
The Bones of the Dead
25
The Labor of Gratitude
40
Copyright

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About the author (1983)

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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