Canongate scoops Lewis Hyde's latest 'unforgettable' book

Canongate scoops Lewis Hyde's latest 'unforgettable' book

Canongate has won the rights to the latest book from The Gift author Lewis Hyde - A Primer for Forgetting

Editorial director Simon Thorogood acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to the US author’s latest title from Devon Mazzone at Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Canongate said: “A Primer for Forgetting is a remarkable experiment in scholarship, autobiography, and social criticism by the author of the classics The Gift and Trickster Makes This World. It forges a new ‘history of forgetfulness’ by assembling fragments of art and writing from the ancient world to the modern, weighing the potential boons forgetfulness might offer the present moment as a philosophical and political force. It also turns inward, using the author’s own life and memory as a canvas upon which to extol the virtues of a concept too long taken as an evil.”

A Primer for Forgetting is Hyde’s third book with Canongate. The Gift and Trickster Makes This World have sold 35,967 copies through Nielsen BookScan’s TCM. 

Thorogood said: “Hyde is a profound scholar and thinker, but here he wears his scholarship lightly. He blends the personal with the philosophical, current events with myth and legend, to produce, ironically, an unforgettable read."