Trickster Makes This World by Lewis Hyde
Mischief, Myth, and Art

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In Trickster Makes This World, Lewis Hyde brings to life the playful and disruptive side of human imagination as it is embodied in trickster mythology. He first visits the old stories—Hermes in Greece, Eshu in West Africa, Krishna in India, Coyote in North America, among others—and then holds them up against the lives and work of more recent creators: Picasso, Duchamp, Ginsberg, John Cage, and Frederick Douglass. Twelve years after its first publication, Trickster Makes This World—authoritative in its scholarship, loose-limbed in its style—has taken its place among the great works of modern cultural criticism.

This new edition includes an introduction by Michael Chabon.

About Lewis Hyde

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Lewis Hyde is the author of The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property, This Error Is the Sign of Love, and Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth, and Art (FSG, 1998). A MacArthur Fellow and former director of undergraduate creative writing at Harvard University, Hyde teaches during the fall semesters at Kenyon College, where he is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing. During the rest of the year he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is a faculty associate at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Published August 17, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 434 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A model of rangy, creative, but not far-fetched interpretation, in this case of a common mythological archetype, the shifty trickster.

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Following his paean to the virtues of creativity, The Gift (1979), Lewis Hyde produced this study of the freethinkers who dwell on the margins of accepted culture.

Aug 23 2008 | Read Full Review of Trickster Makes This World: M...

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The countless stories that are marched up from all over the globe to support the argument are individually memorable in their own right - Hyde has a chatty, slightly hippy, come-and-warm-yourself-by-the-fire style - but ranked up in row after row over 350 pages they quickly become tedious.

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