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Harold Bloom

In the New York Times Magazine last year, Adam Begley wrote: "(Harold Bloom) is a colossus among critics...Everything about him is outsized: an encyclopedic intellect, exuberant eccentricity, a massive love of literature. The legend of his genius, ratified by a 1985 MacArthur fellowship, spans four decades." That genius lies not only in his enormous intellect, but also in his uncanny ability to hit sensitive cultural nerves with his timely and provocative ideas. Case in point: Bloom's 1994 controversial best-seller The Western Canon, which took our entire literary tradition and fomented vehement debate among academics and non-academics alike. It was nominated... 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
$27.00/32.00(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 | Hardcover | May 12, 2015
$35.00/41.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-9782-8 (0-8129-9782-4)

Hailed as “the indispensable critic” by The New York Review of Books, Harold Bloom delivers a definitive yet personal book on the American writers who created our national literature. Focusing on twelve writers whose works make up what Bloom calls the American Sublime—Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson... 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
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