The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 1, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 262 pages
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Discusses the argument that a work of art is essentially a gift and not a commodity.


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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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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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