The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property
Random House (hardbound)|
Vintage Books (paperback)
The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property is a 1983 book by Lewis Hyde in which he examines the importance of gifts, their flow and movement and the impact that the modern market place has had on the circulation of gifts.
Part of part I, "A Theory of Gifts", was originally published as "The Gift Must Always Move" in Co-Evolution Quarterly No. 35 in fall 1982.
Other editions and translations
The book has been re-published with alternate subtitles:
- The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World (2006)
- The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World (2007)
The twenty-fifth anniversary 2007 edition has a new preface and a new afterword.
It has been translated into several languages:
- Italian, Il Dono (2005, ISBN 88-339-1629-4)
- German, Die Gabe (2008, ISBN 978-3-10-031840-4)
- Chinese (2008, ISBN 978-986-124-922-3)
- Japanese (2002, ISBN 4-588-49020-6)
- Turkish (2007, ISBN 978-975-342-684-8)
- The Gift at Lewis Hyde's web page with comments, reviews and excerpt
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