Search Results: "Harold Bloom"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 7, 1972

"Imposing, daemonic and — it seems so incidental — written with a mighty adversative flair."
Professor Bloom (Yale; author of Blake's Apocalypse, 1963, and Yeats, 1970) interprets modern poetic history — the history of poetry in a Cartesian climate — in terms of Freud's "family romance," and advances creative anxiety as its motive principle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 9, 1977

"Yet the book glows with insights into both literature and personality and is sure to stand as a megalith in Stevens' criticism."
Harold Bloom sees modern poetry as a battlefield where new poets fight against their predecessors. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 21, 1975

"He's as radical as he is erudite, and has a great deal to teach us about poetics, the canon, and the art of reading."
This is the concluding volume to the tetralogy that Yale professor Harold Bloom initiated in The Anxiety of Influence, his 1973 manifesto for so-called "antithetical criticism." Read full book review >

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WHERE SHALL WISDOM BE FOUND? by Harold Bloom
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 7, 2004

"Another work of uncompromised literary analysis, thought, and feeling, from the mind of Bloom: towering, real, invaluable."
The latest from the venerable Bloom (Hamlet: Poem Unlimited, 2003, etc.) may not always be easy going, but it's invariably rewarding and rich. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 1981

"In the end, one has the nagging suspicion that Bloom is promoting an art so vague, so self-erasing, that only the university critic could have the time and temper to cosset it."
Less a contribution to Bloom's esoteric theoretical system (The Anxiety of Influence, A Map of Misreading, etc.) than an essay in nervous self-classification—fascinating as such, but excruciating, too, in its twists and turns, its fecklessness. Read full book review >

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YEATS by Harold Bloom
Released: April 30, 1970

"His argument, though perhaps built on rationalist or unimaginative premises, will clearly, as Bloom no doubt intended, cause a stir among the Yeats factions here and elsewhere."
Yeats, with his grand style, his "artifice of eternity," his "singing masters" (Blake and Shelley and the ancient bards), his heroic soul "fastened to a dying animal," has always seemed the sort of superman the modern age either must instinctively distrust or deliriously admire. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 1996

"Some of the facile intellectual judgments here seem to offer more a tour de force of knowledge and cleverness than the fruits of a sustained period of reflection."
A sometimes scintillating, sometimes exasperatingly esoteric examination of "our current American obsession with angels, with parapsychological dreams, with the 'near death experience' and its astral body manifestations" and, in particular, their "clear analogues in the formative period of ancient Gnosticism." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2011

"An autumnal summing-up, winding through 'the labyrinth of literary influence' to conclude, '[t]hat labyrinth is life itself.'"
The distinguished critic again examines the interactions among writers that have been the main focus of his attention since The Anxiety of Influence (1973). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"As always, Bloom conveys the intimate, urgent, compelling sense of why it matters that we read these canonical authors."
Elegiac, gracious literary ponderings that group and compare 12 giants of American literature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1998

"Norman Jeffares Irish Love Poems speaks for itself, while Ken Smith's Beyond Bedlam needs a word of caution: these poems written 'out of mental distress' may be, at times, extra-literary, but they are always compelling."
The Academy of American Poets, who initiated the designating of April as poetry month, hoped above all for one thing: more readers of verse. Read full book review >

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CLEOPATRA by Harold Bloom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A masterfully perceptive reading of this seductive play's 'endless wonders.'"
A wise inquiry into an "erotic and yet transcendent" play. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 15, 1965

"A must."
A brilliant collection of twenty-six essays from various academic hands, votive offerings presented to the eminent Boswell scholar, Professor Frederick Pottle. Read full book review >