Trickster Makes This World

Trickster Makes This World : 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 167 x 209 x 19mm | 345g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0374532559
  • 9780374532550
  • 23,338

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"[A] hymn to the gods of mischief, who are also the gods of artistic and cultural renewal." --Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

"A major work of scholarship that is also a major work of art." --Sacvan Bercovitch, Harvard University

"Brilliant . . . By the time [Hyde] is done he has folded language culture, and the very habit of being human into his ken." --The New Yorker

"Hyde is one of our true superstars of nonfiction." --David Foster Wallace

"[Trickster Makes This World] should be ready by anyone interested in the grand and squalid matter of all things human." --Margaret Atwood, Los Angeles Times
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About Lewis Hyde

Lewis Hyde is the author of The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property and Common as Air (FSG, 2010). A MacArthur Fellow and former director of creative writing at Harvard, he is currently Luce Professor of Art and Politics at Kenyon College.
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