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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 Influence, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, The Western Canon, and The American Religion. He is a MacArthur Prize Fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, including the Academy’s Gold Medal for Belles Lettres and Criticism, the Catalonia International Prize, and the Alfonso Reyes International Prize of Mexico. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, and in New York City... 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 | 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

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)

Literary critic Harold Bloom's The Western Canon is more than a required reading list-it is a vision. Infused with a love of learning, compelling in its arguments for a unifying written culture, it argues brilliantly against the politicization of literature and presents a guide to the great works of the western literary... 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)

Mary Shelley blurs the line between man and monster in this classic gothic masterpiece.

The story of Victor Frankenstein and the monstrous creature he created has held readers spellbound ever since it was published almost two centuries ago. On the surface, it is a novel of tense and steadily mounting horror; but... 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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