“If you want to write, paint, sing, compose, act, or make films, readThe Gift.” —from the Introduction by Margaret Atwood
A modern classic cherished by many of the greatest artists of our time and a brilliant, life-changing defense of the value of creative labor.
Drawing on examples from folklore and literature, history and tribal customs, economics and modern copyright law, Lewis Hyde demonstrates how our society—governed by the marketplace—is poorly equipped to determine the worth of artists’ work. He shows us that another way is possible: the alternative economy ofthe gift, which allows creations and ideas to circulate freely, rather than hoarding them as commodities.
Illuminating and transformative,The Giftis a triumph of originality and insight—an essential book for anyone who has ever given or received a work of art.