The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property

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Vintage Books, 1983 - Philosophy - 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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explores the areas where gift economies and art intersect. it's part anthroplogy, part art/lit crit, part philosophy, and part economics. a glorious generalist writing on a specific subject. good stuff. Read full review

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User Review  - Aniko Carmean - Goodreads

"It is an assumption of this book that art is a gift, not a commodity." Hyde opens his treatise on the nature of Art as a gift with anthropological studies of gift exchange coupled with folklore. The ... 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.

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