The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 1, 2009 - Self-Help - 464 pages
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“A manifesto of sorts for anyone who makes art [and] cares for it.” —Zadie Smith

“The best book I know of for talented but unacknowledged creators. . . . A masterpiece.” —Margaret Atwood

“No one who is invested in any kind of art . . . can read The Gift and remain unchanged.” —David Foster Wallace


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. 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  - jasonli - LibraryThing

"The Gift" is a breathtaking study of gift culture through the ages and how it applies to the work of artists who must strive to reconcile gift and market economies in this modern day and age. Hyde ... Read full review

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User Review  - flydodofly - LibraryThing

disappointed by the somewhat lengthy and repetitive theoretical approach and by the irrelevant long passage with two "experiments in gift aesthetics" on whitman and pound - seemingly endless pages of ... Read full review

Contents

One Some Food We Could Not Eat
3
Eight The Commerce of the Creative Spirit
185
Nine A Draft of Whitman
208
Conclusion
356
On Being Good Ancestors
369
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About the author (2009)

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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