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The Gift

328 pages, 1983

arts & entertainment

arts & entertainment

401 books


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Starting with the premise that the work of art is a gift and not a commodity, this revolutionary book ranges across anthropology, literature, economics, and psychology to show how the commerce of the creative spirit functions in the lives of artists and in culture as a whole.
The Power of Gifts

In The Gift, Lewis Hyde explores the concept of gifts and their role in society. He suggests that gifts are not just physical items, but also acts of kindness, love, and creativity. They have the power to create bonds and foster relationships, making them an essential part of human interaction.

Creativity as a Gift

Hyde takes a deep look into the idea of creativity as a gift. He argues that creativity is not something that can be bought or sold, but rather, it is a gift that is freely given and received. This perspective can change the way you see your own creative endeavors and inspire you to share your gifts with the world.

The Economy of Gifts

The Gift isn't just about physical presents or creativity. Hyde also digs into the concept of a 'gift economy'. This is a system where goods and services are given without an explicit agreement for immediate or future rewards. It's a fascinating concept that challenges our traditional understanding of economy.

The Impact of Market Economy on Gifts

Hyde also explores how the market economy impacts the gift-giving process. He suggests that the market economy can devalue gifts by turning them into commodities. This insight can make you rethink the way you give and receive gifts, and the value you place on them.

The Role of Gifts in Art and Culture

In The Gift, Hyde also researches the role of gifts in art and culture. He suggests that art is a gift that artists give to society, and that this gift-giving process is crucial for the survival of art and culture. This perspective can inspire you to see art in a new light and appreciate the gifts that artists give to the world.

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The Gift is a book that should be read by anyone who creates or appreciates art. It's a profound exploration of the nature of creativity.

Margaret AtwoodMargaret Atwood - Canadian poet, novelist

The Gift is a book that has influenced my thinking about art more than any other. It's a must-read for any artist or writer.

David Foster WallaceDavid Foster Wallace - American author, essayist

The Gift is a book that has profoundly shaped my understanding of the creative process. It's a book that every artist should read.

Zadie SmithZadie Smith - British novelist, essayist

The Gift is a book that has deeply influenced my thinking about the nature of creativity. It's a book that every artist should read.

Jonathan LethemJonathan Lethem - American novelist, essayist
Margaret AtwoodDavid Foster WallaceZadie SmithJonathan Lethem


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