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writer , art and politics educator

Lewis Hyde is a scholar, essayist, translator, cultural critic and writer whose scholarly work focuses on the nature of imagination, creativity, and property.

Background

Hyde, Lewis was born on October 16, 1945 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of W. Lewis and Elizabeth Lee (Sanford) Hyde.

Education

Bachelor in Sociology, University of Minnesota, 1967;Master of Arts in Comparative Literature, U. Iowa, 1972;Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), San Francisco The Art Institute of Chicago, 1997.

Career

He received an M.A. in comparative literature from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Minnesota after which there were many years of freelance work and odd jobs, before teaching writing in the 80s. Hyde taught writing at Harvard University (1983–1989). In his last year there, he directed the undergraduate writing program.

From 1989 to 2001 he was the Luce Professor of Arts and Politics at Kenyon College in Ohio. Since 2006 he has served as the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon, and a visiting fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center. He is also a Nonresident Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Communication.

Hyde's awards include an NEH Fellowship for Independent Study and Research (1979). Three NEA Creative Writing Fellowships (1977, 1982, 1987). A MacArthur Fellowship (the "Genius" award) (1991).

A residency at the Getty Center, Los Angeles (1993–94). An "Osher Fellow" at the Exploratorium in San Francisco (1998). A Lannan Literary Fellowship (2002).

An American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2003). And a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2006).

Achievements

  • Hyde's awards include an NEH Fellowship for Independent Study and Research (1979). Three NEA Creative Writing Fellowships (1977, 1982, 1987). A MacArthur Fellowship (the "Genius" award) (1991).

    A residency at the Getty Center, Los Angeles (1993–94). An "Osher Fellow" at the Exploratorium in San Francisco (1998). A Lannan Literary Fellowship (2002).

    An American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2003). And a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2006).

Works

Connections

Married Patricia Vigderman, November 27, 1981. 1 stepchild, Matthew Goldberg.

father:
W. Lewis Hyde

mother:
Elizabeth Lee (Sanford) Hyde

spouse:
Patricia Vigderman