Trickster Makes This World solidifies Lewis Hyde's reputation as, in Robert Bly's words, "the most subtle, thorough, and brilliant mythologist we now have." In it, Hyde now brings to life the playful and disruptive side of human imagination as it is embodied in trickster mythology. He first revisits the old storiesHermes in Greece, Eshu in West Africa, Krishna in India, Coyote in North America, among othersand then holds them up against the life and work of more recent creators: Picasso, Duchamp, Ginsberg, John Cage, and Frederick Douglass. Authoritative in its scholarship, loose-limbed in its style, Trickster Makes This World ranks among the great works of modern cultural criticism.
Persuasively celebrates the need for the kind of paintings, music, books and ideas that society initially finds unpleasant. . . [A] hymn to the gods of mischief, who are also the gods of artistic and cultural renewal. -- Washington Post Book World