The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 17 jun. 2014 - 562 pagina's

The literary critic defends the importance of Western literature from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Kafka and Beckett in this acclaimed national bestseller.


Harold Bloom's†The Western Canon†is more than a required reading list—it is a “heroically brave, formidably learned” defense of the great works of literature that comprise the traditional Western Canon. 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 essential writers of†the western literary tradition (The New York Times Book Review).

Placing William Shakespeare at the “center of the canon,” Bloom examines the literary contributions of Dante Alighieri, John Milton, Jane Austen, Emily Dickenson, Leo Tolstoy, Sigmund Freud, James Joyce, Pablo Neruda, and many others. Bloom's book, much-discussed and praised in publications as diverse as†The Economist†and†Entertainment Weekly, offers a dazzling display of erudition and passion.

“An impressive work…deeply, rightly passionate about the great books of the past.”—Michel Dirda, The Washington Post Book World

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LibraryThing Review

Gebruikersrecensie  - delta351 - LibraryThing

Overall it is very easy to hate on Harold Bloom, but he really knows his lit. I think he has some very well thought out ideas on the Canon. IMO he is the final authority. He has obviously read all of ... Volledige review lezen

THE WESTERN CANON: The Books and School of the Ages

Gebruikersrecensie  - Kirkus

One of our biggest critical gun fires a characteristically Olympian broadside into the canon debate, no quarter spared for the politically correct. In measures carefully calculated to raise the ... Volledige review lezen

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Over de auteur (2014)

The author of twenty books and the editor of many more, Harold Bloom is a MacArthur Prize Fellow, a past Charles Eliot Norton Professor at Harvard University, a member of the American Academy, and the recipient of many other awards, honorary degrees, and prizes.

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