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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Review: The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

Insightful, insightful stuff. Creates a glow of positive, humane, idealistic feelings that sometimes hits right at the core, like almost at a soul level. Its scope is very very broad and sometimes ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dara Lebrun - Goodreads

I keep TheGift in a stack of books on my bedside table with no intention of reading it cover to cover. Rather, I dip into it for that occasional, necessary perspective on making art in a culture that ... 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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