The gift: imagination and the erotic life of property

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Vintage Books, 1983 - Art - 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

Review: The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property

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I felt I needed to write a review to counter the negative ones here. Any book that calls the zeitgeist into question is bound to draw confusion and pushback. I've bought this book three times because ... Read full review

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In the spirit of the book itself, which has become as much samizdat to young people in the arts as Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet , someone recently passed along to me a heavily annotated copy of ... Read full review


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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.