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Lewis Hyde

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Average rating: 4.08 · 3,912 ratings · 573 reviews · 16 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Gift: Imagination and t...

4.02 avg rating — 1,865 ratings — published 1979 — 14 editions
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Trickster Makes This World:...

4.22 avg rating — 1,145 ratings — published 1997 — 11 editions
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Common as Air: Revolution, ...

3.91 avg rating — 262 ratings — published 2010 — 8 editions
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The Gift: How the Creative ...

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Alcohol and Poetry: John Be...

3.79 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 1986 — 2 editions
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This Error is the Sign of Love

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On the Poetry of Allen Gins...

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Lee Mingwei: The Living Room

it was ok 2.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2000
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Letters to a Young Poet

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The Essays of Henry D. Thor...

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“Irony has only emergency use. Carried over time it is the voice of the trapped who have come to enjoy their cage.”
Lewis Hyde, Alcohol and Poetry: John Berryman and the Booze Talking
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“Most artists are brought to their vocation when their own nascent gifts are awakened by the work of a master. That is to say, most artists are converted to art by art itself. Finding one's voice isn't just an emptying and purifying oneself of the words of others but an adopting and embracing of filiations, communities, and discourses. Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of an act never experienced. Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos. Any artist knows these truths, no matter how deeply he or she submerges that knowing.”
Lewis Hyde, The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property

“Better to operate with detachment, then; better to have a way but infuse it with a little humor; best, to have no way at all but to have instead the wit constantly to make one's way anew from the materials at hand.”
Lewis Hyde, Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth, and Art

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Jeremy I want to apologize for the all the recommendations from me today. I wanted to share the Stoker Award news, and I only pressed the send button once--I'm not sure what happened to create so many messages. Some weird glitch.

Argh...this is terrible...

Again, I'm very sorry.


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