Gary Giddins

  • Anxiety Over Influence

    Lewis Hyde’s The Gift endures as a modern paradigm of critical-philosophical inquiry, steadily in print since 1983, though with an unsteady subtitle that has sensibly morphed from Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property into Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World. Not exactly an underground work, it retains a hallowed aura. Readers share it, in the ritual of gift giving that is Hyde’s ostensible subject, and recognize a bond with others equally touched. For all the bravura inventiveness, scrupulous research, and critical perspicacity that might recommend The Gift to anyone, Hyde