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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Discusses the argument that a work of art is essentially a gift and not a commodity.

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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


One Some Food We Could Not Eat
Eight The Commerce of the Creative Spirit
Nine A Draft of Whitman
On Being Good Ancestors

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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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