The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Poetry


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The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property was published in 1983 in a hardbound edition from Random House and a paperback edition from Vintage Books. In December of 2007, Vintage issued the twenty-fifth anniversary edition with a new preface, a new afterword, a new design, and a new subtitle: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World.

In 2006 Canongate Books of Edinburgh, Scotland brought out an edition for the United Kingdom. (There was also a 1999 Vintage U.K. edition, now out of print.) The Canongate edition bears the title The Gift: How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World.

In addition, there are multiple foreign language editions:

Italian: Il Dono. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri, 2005. ISBN: 88-339-1629-4

German: Die Gabe. Frankfurt: S. Fischer, 2008. ISBN 978-3-10-031840-4

Chinese: Taiwan: Business Weekly Publications, a division of Cite Publishing, Ltd., 2008. ISBN: 978-986-124-922-3

Japanese: Tokyo, Hosei University Press, 2002. ISBN4-588-49020-6

Turkish: Istanbul: Metis Yayinlan, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-975-342-684-8

Other editions are forthcoming from Korea (Munhakdongne Publishing Corp.), Croatia (Algoritam), Brazil (Record), Spain (RBA Libros), and Russia (Pokolenie).