Lewis Hyde is a writer who examines cultural issues and the imagination.
His book, The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property (1983), investigates the relationship between art and community. Its topics cover fairy tales and the literature of anthropology, the psychology of organ donation, and attitudes of writers and scientists toward their giftedness. In his book, Trickster Makes this World: Mischief, Myth, and Art (1998), he studies a broad range of cunning trickster figures and explores the work of artists who demonstrate the trickster’s ability to open the doors of the imagination, cross boundaries, and bring about change. Hyde has also published a book of poems, This Error is a Sign of Love (1988), translated the poetry of Vicente Aleixandre, and edited The Essays of Henry D. Thoreau (2002).
Hyde is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College, where he teaches one semester a year. He has also worked as an alcoholism counselor, an electrician, and a carpenter.
Hyde received a B.A. (1967) from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. (1972) from the University of Iowa.
Last updated January 1, 2005