One of our most popular, respected, and controversial literary critics, Yale University professor Harold Bloom’s books – about, variously, Shakespeare, the Bible, and the classic literature – are as erudite as they are accessible.
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Also Known As:
Harold Irving Bloom (full name)
New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
July 11, 1930
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955
Guggenheim Fellowship; MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, 1985; American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Criticism, 1999
|The Best Book to Read First|
|How to Read and Why|
Like The Western Canon, this guide contains Bloom's impassioned endorsements of his favorite literary works -- but it's a quicker read, addressed more to the common reader than the academic one. For Bloom, literature is the original "self-help," not because it consoles us or advises us, but because it deepens our self-knowledge. His book provides a wealth of possible starting points for that inward journey.
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|Raising the Well-Read Child||Bloom's A-List|
|Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages|
It's an irresistible title: After all, don't most parents consider their children extremely intelligent? In this anthology of stories and poems, Bloom tells how to prime the pump for future readers of impeccable taste by introducing delightful doses of Kipling, Melville, Carroll and others.
|Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds|
Delivering the ever irresistible top 100 list, Bloom brings his authority to bear on the whole of literature, illuminating the works and influence of writers from Socrates to Tennessee Williams. Bloom includes poets, novelists, and dramatists, keeping his artistic appreciation unfettered by genre.
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