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Most readers peruse the King James Bible as a document of religious truths. Harold Bloom, the dean of literary critics, regards it as "the sublime summit of literature in English," worthy of comparison with Shakespeare. In this full-length work, the venerable octogenarian describes how a masterpiece emerged from the seemingly unwieldy collaboration of 47 undistinguished scholars. Comparing the 1611 translations with earlier versions, Bloom shows how the translators and editors smoothed, clarified, and enhanced key passages. A major work worthy of crossover readership; certain to be reviewed.