Contributor Bios

Lewis Hyde

Lewis Hyde, a MacArthur fellow, is a writer, editor, translator, and poet. His numerous books include "The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property, "an investigation into art and the economies of gift exchange, and "Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth and Art," which explores the “trickster” character who appears in the traditions and myths of many cultures. Recently, he edited "The Essays of Henry D. Thoreau," and is currently researching “the cultural commons.” He is Richard Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College, and lives with his wife in Gambier, Ohio and Cambridge, Massachusetts.