Trickster Makes This World Mischief, Myth, and Art

Lewis Hyde; New Foreword by Michael Chabon

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



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432 Pages



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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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Trickster Makes This World
PART ONETRAP OF NATURE1SLIPPING THE TRAP OF APPETITEThe whitebait Opens its black eyes In the net of the Law.--BashoTHE BAIT THIEFThe trickster myth derives creative intelligence from appetite. It begins with a being whose main concern is getting fed and it ends with the same being grown mentally swift, adept at creating and unmasking deceit, proficient at hiding his tracks and at seeing through the devices used by others to hide theirs. Trickster starts out hungry, but before long he is master of the kind of creative deception that, according to a long tradition,
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  • Lewis Hyde; New Foreword by Michael Chabon

  • Lewis Hyde is the author of The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property and Common as Air, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 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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