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Harold Bloom

HAROLD BLOOM is a Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University and a former Charles Eliot Norton Professor at Harvard. His more than forty books include The Anxiety of InfluenceShakespeare: The Invention of the HumanThe Western CanonThe American Religion, and The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime. He is a MacArthur Fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Gold Medal for Belles Lettres and Criticism, the Catalonia International Prize, and Mexico's Alfonso Reyes International Prize. He lives in New Haven... Read More


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The Complete Poetry & Prose of William Blake
Written by William Blake, Edited by David V. Erdman, Commentaries by Harold Bloom
Anchor | Trade Paperback | March 1997
$28.00/37.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-15213-6 (0-385-15213-2)

Since its first publication in 1965, this edition  has been widely hailed as the best available text  of Blake's poetry and prose. Now revised, if  includes up-to-date work on variants, chronology of  poems and critical commentary by Harold Bloom.

An  "Approved Edition" of the Center for Scholarly  Editions of the Modern Language Association. Read more

The Daemon Knows
Written by Harold Bloom
Spiegel & Grau | Trade Paperback | February 2016
$20.00/26.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-8746-1 (0-8129-8746-2)


Hailed as “the indispensable critic” by The New York Review of Books, Harold Bloom—New York Times bestselling writer and Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University—has for decades been sharing with readers...

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Hamlet: Poem Unlimited
Written by Harold Bloom
Riverhead Books | Trade Paperback | March 2004
$13.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-1-57322-377-5 (1-57322-377-8)

In Harold Bloom's New York Times bestselling Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, the world's foremost literary critic theorized on the authorship of the historic play Hamlet. In this engaging new stand-alone work, he offers a full and warmly personal account of the play itself, explores its extraordinary impact throughout the history of... Read more

Julius Caesar
Written by Harold Bloom
Riverhead Books | Trade Paperback | April 2005
$10.00/12.50(Canada) | 978-1-59448-078-2 (1-59448-078-8)

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Omens of Millennium
Written by Harold Bloom
Riverhead Books | Trade Paperback | October 1997
$18.00/22.50(Canada) | 978-1-57322-629-5 (1-57322-629-7)

In this impassioned, erudite, and provocative work, Harold Bloom, bestselling author and America's foremost literary and cultural critic, examines society's "New Age" obsessions: angels, prophetic dreams, and near-death experiences. Omens of Millennium traces these cultural phenomena from their ancient and traditional origins to their present-day, millennial manifestations. In addition, it is... Read more

Possessed by Memory
Written by Harold Bloom
Knopf | Hardcover | April 16, 2019
$35.00/47.00(Canada) | 978-0-525-52088-7 (0-525-52088-0)

In arguably his most personal and lasting book, America's most daringly original and controversial critic gives us brief, luminous readings of more than eighty texts by canonical authors-- texts he has had by heart since childhood.

Gone are the polemics. Here, instead, in a memoir of sorts--an inward journey from childhood to... Read more

Shakespeare: Invention of the Human
Written by Harold Bloom
Riverhead Books | Trade Paperback | September 1999
$28.00/37.00(Canada) | 978-1-57322-751-3 (1-57322-751-X)

"The indispensable critic on the indispensable writer." -Geoffrey O'Brien, New York Review of Books

A landmark achievement as expansive, erudite, and passionate as its renowned author, this book is the culmination of a lifetime of reading, writing about, and teaching Shakespeare.

Preeminent literary critic-and ultimate authority on the western literary...

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Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
Written by Harold Bloom
Riverhead Books | Trade Paperback | July 2005
$12.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-1-59448-091-1 (1-59448-091-5)

Harold Bloom on The Merchant of Venice: "Shylock's prose is Shakespeare's best before Falstaff's...His utterances manifest a spirit so potent, malign, and negative as to be unforgettable." Read more

The Western Canon
Written by Harold Bloom
Riverhead Books | Trade Paperback | September 1995
$20.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-1-57322-514-4 (1-57322-514-2)


“Heroically brave, formidably learned… The Western Canon is a passionate demonstration of why some writers have triumphantly escaped the oblivion in which time buries almost all human effort. It inspires hope… that what humanity has long cherished, posterity will also.”The New York Times Book... Read more

Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?
Written by Harold Bloom
Riverhead Books | Trade Paperback | October 2005
$21.00/26.00(Canada) | 978-1-59448-138-3 (1-59448-138-5)

A critical novel about the ways in which we absorb various forms of wisdom from the literature we consume, from the author The New York Times calls “the most influential critic of the last quarter-century.”

In one of his most inspiring books yet, Harold Bloom, our preeminent literary critic, takes the reader... Read more

Living with Shakespeare
Written by Susannah Carson, Foreword by Harold Bloom
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2013
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-74291-9 (0-307-74291-1)

Why Shakespeare? What explains our continued fascination with his poems and plays? In Living with Shakespeare, Susannah Carson invites forty actors, directors, scholars, and writers to reflect on why his work is still such a vital part of our culture.

We hear from James Earl Jones on reclaiming Othello as a tragic... Read more

A Truth Universally Acknowledged
Written by C. S. Lewis, Virginia Woolf and Anna Quindlen, Edited by Susannah Carson, Foreword by Harold Bloom
Random House Trade Paperbacks | Trade Paperback | November 2010
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-8001-1 (0-8129-8001-8)

Why are we so fascinated with Jane Austen’s novels? Why is Austen so universally beloved? The essayists in this volume offer their thoughts on the delightful puzzle of Austen’s popularity. Classic and contemporary writers—novelists, essayists, journalists, scholars, and a filmmaker—discuss the tricks and treasures of Austen’s novels, from her witty dialogue... Read more

Blood Meridian
Written by Cormac McCarthy, Introduction by Harold Bloom
Modern Library | Hardcover | January 2001
$23.00/25.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-64104-9 (0-679-64104-1)

"The fulfilled renown of Moby-Dick and of As I Lay Dying is augmented by Blood Meridian, since Cormac McCarthy is the worthy disciple both of Melville and Faulkner," writes esteemed literary scholar Harold Bloom in his Introduction to the Modern Library edition. "I venture that no other living American novelist, not... Read more

Written by Mary Shelley, Afterword by Harold Bloom, Introduction by Douglas Clegg
Signet | Paperback | October 2013
$5.95/7.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-53224-4 (0-451-53224-4)

200 years after it was first published, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has stood the test of time as a gothic masterpiece—a classic work of humanity and horror that blurs the line between man and monster...

The story of Victor Frankenstein and the monstrous creature he created has held readers spellbound ever since it... Read more

Leaves of Grass
Written by Walt Whitman, Introduction by Harold Bloom
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | June 2005
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-303927-3 (0-14-303927-X)

A deluxe edition of Whitman's crowning achievement, with an introductory essay by Harold Bloom

I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

When Walt Whitman self-published his Leaves of Grass in July 1855, he altered the...

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