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Aeschylus's the Oresteia (Modern Critical Interpretations)

by Harold Bloom

Essays by John Jones, Anne Lebeck, Froma I. Zeitlin, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, W. B. Stanford, and John Herington.

Ahab (Modern Literary Characters)

by Harold Bloom

Critical extracts by Evert A. Duyckinck, D. H. Lawrence, Lewis Mumford, R. P. Blackmur, W. H. Auden, Lawrance Thompson, Marius Bewley, James Baird, Alfred Kazin, Denis Donoghue, A. R. Humphreys, Joyce Carol Oates, Raney Stanford, Martin Leonard Pops, Ann Douglas, Carolyn L. Karcher, David Simpson, Tony Magistrate, Joseph Allen Boone, David S. Reynolds, Wai-Chee Dimock, Bruce L. Grenberg, and Pamela Schirmeister Critical essays by F. O. Matthiessen, Maurice Friedman, Robert Zoellner, Bainard Cowan, Michael Paul Rogin, William B. Dillingham, Larry J. Reynolds, Neal L. Tolchin, Edward J. Ahearn, and Leo Bersani

Albert Camus (Modern Critical Views)

by Harold Bloom

Selected essays.

Alice Walker (Modern Critical Views)

by Harold Bloom

Selected essays.

American Religion: The Emergence of the Postchristian Nation

by Harold Bloom

How America has developed unique religious groups.

The Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life

by Harold Bloom

"Literary criticism, as I attempt to practice it," writes Harold Bloom in The Anatomy of Influence, "is in the first place literary, that is to say, personal and passionate." For more than half a century, Bloom has shared his profound knowledge of the written word with students and readers. In this, his most comprehensive and accessible study of influence, Bloom leads us through the labyrinthine paths which link the writers and critics who have informed and inspired him for so many years. The result is "a critical self-portrait," a sustained meditation on a life lived with and through the great works of the Western canon:Why has influence been my lifelong obsessive concern? Why have certain writers found me and not others? What is the end of a literary life? Featuring extended analyses of Bloom's most cherished poets--Shakespeare, Whitman, and Crane--as well as inspired appreciations of Emerson, Tennyson, Browning, Yeats, Ashbery, and others, The Anatomy of Influence adapts Bloom's classic work The Anxiety of Influence to show us what great literature is, how it comes to be, and why it matters. Each chapter maps startling new literary connections that suddenly seem inevitable once Bloom has shown us how to listen and to read. A fierce and intimate appreciation of the art of literature on a scale that the author will not again attempt, The Anatomy of Influence follows the sublime works it studies, inspiring the reader with a sense of something ever more about to be.

Anton Chekhov (Modern Critical Views)

by Harold Bloom

Selected essays.

Arthur Miller (Modern Critical Views)

by Harold Bloom

Selected essays about the author and his works.

Arthur Miller's The Crucible (Notes)

by Harold Bloom

Selected essays.

Caddy Compson (Major Literary Characters)

by Harold Bloom

The character of Caddy Compson, a major character in Faulkner's work is carefully examined.

Dónde se encuentra la sabiduría

by Harold Bloom

El prestigioso y conocido crítico literario Harold Bloom ha sido un apasionado de la lectura desde que era niño. Así pues, no es de extrañar que decidiera iniciar una nueva obra para explicarnos cómo los libros nos ayudan a vivir y a comprender nuestras vidas. Sin embargo, cuando Bloom llevaba más de medio libro escrito, tuvo un encuentro muy cercano con la muerte. Ya recuperado, se deshizo de todas las páginas que había redactado y volvió a empezar este libro con una nueva sensación de urgencia, apoyándose en algunos de los más grandes pensadores y escritores de Occidente para intentar descubrir dónde y cómo se encuentra la sabiduría. Bloom nos lleva desde la Biblia hasta el siglo XX en busca de las claves que atesora la literatura en las que encontrar sentido tanto a nuestra vida como a la muerte propia y la de nuestros seres queridos. A través de comparaciones entre el Libro de Job y el Eclesiastés, Platón y Homero, Cervantes y Shakespeare, Montaigne y Bacon, Johnson y Goethe, Emerson y Nietzsche, Freud y Proust, Bloom extrae las diversas -e incluso contrarias- formas de sabiduría que han moldeado nuestro pensamiento. ¿Dónde se encuentra la sabiduría? proporcionará a los lectores un mayor entendimiento y les conducirá con renovada pasión a las páginas de los escritores que más han contribuido a nuestra cultura. Un libro profundo en sí mismo que, sin duda, pasará a formar parte de nuestro canon literario.

Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh (Modern Critical Interpretations)

by Harold Bloom

Literary interpretation in the form of critical essays on the Iceman Cometh.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (Modern Critical Views)

by Harold Bloom

Commentary on the life and works of the author.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (Modern Critical Views)

by Harold Bloom

The poetry is viewed in reference to his culture and surroundings, as well as within the context of his own life experience.

Henry James's Portrait of a Lady (Modern Critical Interpretations)

by Harold Bloom

Essays on The Portrait of a Lady by Richard Poirier, Laurence Bedwell Holland, Nina Baym, Elizabeth Allen, David M. Lubin, Maria Irene Ramalho de Sousa Santos, and Deborah Esch.

Henry the Fourth, Part One

by Harold Bloom Professor Burton Raffel William Shakespeare

While England is threatened by the Earl of Northumberland, Young Prince Hal cavorts in London's taverns, accompanied by the dissolute, entertaining Falstaff and his band of rogues. Much of this play's tension involves Prince Hal and Falstaff, as the former tries to live up to his duties and responsibilities. In creating Falstaff Shakespeare gave us one of the theater's most enduring and memorable characters.

How to Read and Why

by Harold Bloom

"Information is endlessly available to us; where shall wisdom be found?" is the critical question with which renowned literary critic Harold Bloom begins this impassioned book on the pleasures and benefits of reading well. For more than forty years, Bloom has transformed college students into lifelong readers with his unrivaled love for literature. Now, at a time when faster and easier electronic media threatens to eclipse the practice of reading, Bloom draws on his experience as critic, teacher, and prolific reader to plumb the great books for their sustaining wisdom. Shedding all polemic, Bloom addresses the solitary reader, who, he urges, should read for the purest of all reasons: to discover and augment the self. His ultimate faith in the restorative power of literature resonates on every page of this infinitely rewarding and important book.

James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Modern Critical Interpretations)

by Harold Bloom

Essays on Joyce's book by Hugh Kenner, Richard Ellmann, Anthony Burgess, Suzette Henke, Martin Price, John Paul Riquelme, Patrick Parrinder, and Michael Seidel.

James Joyce's Ulysses (Modern Critical Interpretations)

by Harold Bloom

Selected essays by Richard Ellman, Wolfgang Iser, A. Walton Litz, Dorrit Cohn, Hugh Kenner, Jean-Michel Rabate, Fritz Senn, Ramon Saldivar, and Cheryl Herr.

Jesús y Yahvé. Los nombres divinos

by Harold Bloom

Harold Bloom ha escrito acerca de la religión y la Biblia a lo largo de toda su carrera, pero ahora, con Jesús y Yahvé, ha logrado su libro más explosivo e importante. Teniendo en cuenta que existen muy pocos testimonios del Jesús histórico, Bloom ha utilizado su inigualable talento para examinar el carácter de Jesús y observar las incoherencias, las contradicciones y los puntos en los que falla la lógica de los Evangelios. También examina el carácter de Yahvé, quien, según Bloom, tiene más rasgos en común con el Jesús de Marcos que con el Dios Padre de la tradición cristiana y de la posterior tradición rabínica. Además, Bloom aduce que la Biblia hebrea de los judíos y el Antiguo Testamento cristiano son libros muy diferentes, con propósitos, tanto religiosos como políticos, muy distintos. Jesús y Yahvé es una lectura emocionante y estimulante, una crítica literaria que cambia el paradigma y que supondrá un desafío e iluminará a judíos y cristianos por igual. En un momento en que la religión ha pasado a ocupar un lugar central en la arena política, la provocadora conclusión de Bloom de que no existe una tradición judeocristiana, de que las dos historias, los dos dioses, e incluso las dos Biblias, no son compatibles, hará que los lectores se replanteen todo lo que hemos dado por sentado acerca de lo que -creíamos- era una herencia compartida. Sin duda, será uno de los libros más discutidos, debatidos y celebrados del año.

Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (Modern Critical Interpretations)

by Harold Bloom

Essays on Heart of Darkness by Albert J. Guerard, James Guetti, C. B. Cox, Bruce Henricksen, R. A. Gekoski, Ian Watt, John Tessitore, Peter Brooks, and Aaron Fogel.

Leaves of Grass

by Walt Whitman 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 course of literary history. One of the greatest masterpieces of American literature, it redefined the rules of poetry while describing the soul of the American character. Throughout his great career, Whitman continuously revised, expanded, and republished Leaves of Grass, but as Harold Bloom reminds us, the book that matters most is the 1855 original. In celebration of the poem's 150th anniversary, Penguin Classics proudly presents the 1855 text in its original and complete form, with a specially commissioned introductory essay by Harold Bloom.

Living with Shakespeare

by Harold Bloom Susannah Carson

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 hero, Julie Taymor on turning Prospero into Prospera, Camille Paglia on teaching the plays to actors, F. Murray Abraham on gaining an audience's sympathy for Shylock, Sir Ben Kingsley on communicating Shakespeare's ideas through performance, Germaine Greer on the playwright's home life, Dame Harriet Walter on the complexity of his heroines, Brian Cox on social conflict in his time and ours, Jane Smiley on transposing King Lear to Iowa in A Thousand Acres, and Sir Antony Sher on feeling at home in Shakespeare's language. Together these essays provide a fresh appreciation of Shakespeare's works as a living legacy to be read, seen, performed, adapted, revised, wrestled with, and embraced by creative professionals and lay enthusiasts alike.F. Murray Abraham Isabel Allende Cicely Berry Eve Best Eleanor Brown Stanley Cavell Karin Coonrod Brian Cox Peter David Margaret Drabble Dominic Dromgoole David Farr Fiasco Theater Ralph Fiennes Angus Fletcher James Franco Alan Gordon Germaine Greer Barry John James Earl Jones Sir Ben Kingsley Maxine Hong Kingston Rory Kinnear J. D. McClatchy Conor McCreery Tobias Menzies Joyce Carol Oates Camille Paglia James Prosek Richard Scholar Sir Antony Sher Jane Smiley Matt Sturges Julie Taymor Eamonn Walker Dame Harriet Walter Bill Willingham Jess Winfield

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