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The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World (original 1983; edition 2006)
by Lewis Hyde
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307279502, Paperback)By now a modern classic, The Gift is a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities. Widely available again after twenty-five years, this book is even more necessary today than when it first appeared. An illuminating and transformative book, and completely original in its view of the world, The Gift is cherished by artists, writers, musicians, and thinkers. It is in itself a gift to all who discover the classic wisdom found in its 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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An edition of this book was published by Canongate Books.
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