Lewis Hyde was born in Boston and studied at the Universities of Minnesota and Iowa. In addition to Trickster Makes This World, he is the author of The Gift, a defence of the importance of creativity in our increasingly money-orientated society. A MacArthur Fellow and former Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, Hyde is currently the Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College in Ohio.
This book is a revelation * * The Times * * A modern classic . . . which celebrates the power of disruptive imagination * * Guardian * * A glorious grab-bag stuffed with necessary loot, a joyful plum pudding rich in treasures -- Margaret Atwood * * Los Angeles Times * * His big ideas are seriously good ones * * Guardian * * An act of pure pleasure from first to last -- Michael Chabon Hyde is one of our true superstars of non-fiction . . . Both brilliant (intellectually, literarily) and wise (psychologically, spiritually, you-name-itally) -- David Foster Wallace Lewis Hyde's second masterpiece -- Margaret Atwood A masterpiece . . . The thrilling thing about reading non-fiction such as Hyde's is not just that it gives you new thoughts: it also changes the way you think * * Scotland on Sunday * * Brilliant...By the time he is done he has folded language, culture, and the very habit of being human into his ken * * The New Yorker * * Hyde is far more than an astute cultural critic; he's an original and important thinker. Pass it on -- Geoff Dyer