Lewis Hyde's interests center on the public life of the imagination. His 1983 book, The Gift, is an inquiry into the situation of creative artists in a commercial society. Trickster Makes This World (1998) is a portrait of the kind of disruptive imagination needed to keep any culture flexible and alive.

Hyde has also published a book of poems, This Error is the Sign of Love, and edited a number of volumes, including The Essays of Henry D. Thoreau, a book of responses to the poetry of Allen Ginsberg and selected poems of the Nobel Prize-winning Spaniard, Vicente Aleixandre.

Hyde most recently published Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership, a book about "cultural commons," that vast, unowned store of ideas, inventions and art that we have inherited from the past and continue to create in the present.

Visit his website at lewishyde.com.


1972 — Master of Arts from University of Iowa

1967 — Bachelor of Arts from Univ Minnesota Minneapolis*