In the News, October 2019
Posted 10.17.19: Back on The New York Times Best Seller list! Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends by Peter Schweizer, "An enraging look at how elected officials and those they appoint betray the public trust, this book focuses on ‘corruption by proxy,' where politicians skirt ethics laws by allowing money they can't legally accept to flow through their friends and families. Focusing on corruption by both major parties, this book shows the need for further reform to keep those committed to serving our country from serving themselves instead."
Posted 10.13.19: "As he has written, paraphrasing his beloved Emerson: 'That which you can get from another is never instruction, but always provocation.' Whether you agree or disagree with what he writes, Mr. Bloom always—as the French say—makes you furiously to think. More than that, though, he stands for a rare intellectual purity, being not only a kind of shaggy saint in his devotion to literature but also, like so many saints and prophets, a gadfly, a doomsayer and a great teacher. So here's to you, Harold Bloom, with thanks for 60 years of magnificent and rewarding provocation." — Michael Dirda, The Wall Street Journal, on Possessed by Memory: The Inward Light of Criticism
Posted 09.24.19: A Washington Post Bestseller! Marty Makary's The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care—and How to Fix It, which a starred review in Booklist praised as, "a powerful call to action for more information about health costs and for restoring the ‘noble mission' of treating everyone with fairness and dignity."
Posted 09.10.19: “Harold Bloom, is not only the greatest literary critic of our lifetimes, but quite possibly the greatest of all time. Possessed by Memory: The Inward Light of Criticism appears to be a collection and a coda of memories for Bloom, who turned 89 in July. Bloom is now wheelchair-bound and appears to have dictated much of the book to an assistant, which begs the impressive question of how much of this book simply flowed from the great man's mind. The amount of text and poetry he has committed to memory is astounding and humbling…. This is a mind that has seemingly defied the aging process and the writing is further proof of the mental gymnastics being performed in his mind.... Bloom's genius and memory will astound readers.”—Drew Gallagher, The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Virginia)
Posted 09.03.19: “Harvey Klehr's new book, The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole: The Twisted Life of David Karr is a rarity: a biography of a man so interesting that you wonder why you never heard of him before…an engaging book about a fascinating man. Indirectly, it is also a wonderful introduction to the general topic of American communism.”—Mark Hemingway, Law and Liberty
Posted 07.06.19: A starred review from Publishers Weekly for David Lehman's One Hundred Autobiographies: A Memoir: "Poet and critic Lehman, who was treated for bladder cancer in 2014, brilliantly captures the despair, uncertainty, and anger he felt in these 100 short reflections on life, death, and writing.... Throughout, he reflects on literature and pop culture figures to tell his story.... Lehman's exquisite essays illustrate the ways that beauty can flow out of pain."
Posted 06.20.19: "Though Possessed by Memory: The Inward Light of Criticism cannot strictly be called a memoir, the elements of the private life of the writer that pepper the pages are present enough to make it a deeply personal work, perhaps the most illuminating of the critic's life thus far. It is Bloom's fascination with memory—what haunts and heals us, what drives and draws us—that shapes the book, be it a memory influenced by a particular work or a work that gives rise to the memory, and it is that fascination that is universal regardless of whether a reader is familiar with the core text about which he is writing or not. Bloom reminds us of the ways literature can transform and inform our lives, and Possessed by Memory is a small glimpse into the way it has shaped his. It is brilliant, vast, and well worth the time it takes to sort through his varied critical takes."—Danielle McManus, San Francisco Book Review
Posted 04.24.19: The #1 New York Times Best Seller! The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks. "Deeply moving, frequently eloquent and extraordinarily incisive."—The Washington Post
Posted 04.14.19: "A must-read for all who enjoy literature."—Library Journal on Possessed by Memory: The Inward Light of Criticism by Harold Bloom.
Posted 04.11.19: “David Lehman, already at the forefront of our literary culture, writes a music retrospective inspired by his friend, the late great poet A. R. Ammons…. This book will break your heart for all that's passed, and especially how tenderly Lehman revives it.." — Grace Cavalieri, Maryland's Poet Laureate, Washington Independent Review of Books, on Playlist: A Poem, just published by University of Pittsburgh Press.
Posted 03.17.19: The Case for Trump by Victor Davis Hanson: #2 on The New York Times bestseller list, Hardcover Nonfiction; #3 on the The Wall Street Journal bestseller list, Nonfiction; #3 on Publishers Weekly's bestseller list, Hardcover Frontlist Nonfiction.
Posted 03.02.19: "Admirers of prolific polymath Bloom will treasure this assemblage of 76 pieces, ranging in length from brief reflections to full-length essays, and in genre from memoir to literary analysis…. Readers may find Bloom's personal remarks most affecting…. A rich lifetime of readership and scholarship can be found within the covers of this equally rich book." — Publishers Weekly on Possessed by Memory: The Inward Light of Criticism by Harold Bloom
Posted 02.28.19: “Reflections on the great American twentieth-century poet A. R. Ammons.... The two volumes that make up The Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons: Volume 1, 1955-1977 and Volume 2, 1978-2005, which include all collected and previously uncollected poems (though not any of the unpublished drafts and fragments), run to more than 2,000 pages. Handsomely produced by Norton and meticulously edited by Robert M. West.”—Marjorie Perloff, The Times Literary Supplement “The volumes have been superbly edited by Robert West.”—Matthew Bevis, London Review of Books
Posted 02.14.19: The #1 Amazon Bestseller: The Case for Trump by Victor Davis Hanson.
Posted 01.30.19: A starred Kirkus Review for Possessed by Memory: The Inward Light of Criticism by Harold Bloom: “Literature serves as consolation for an eminent and prolific critic. Legendary critic and professor Bloom has created a literary biography from brief essays on the poems, plays, and prose—many committed to memory—that he has reread, with growing insight, throughout his life…. An eloquent and erudite rereading of the author's beloved works.”
Posted 01.29.19: Publishers Weekly on The Case for Trump by Victor Davis Hanson: “Hanson is shrewd and insightful on Trump's appeal…and on the disdain with which liberal (and Never-Trump Republican) politicians, media, and celebrities portray Trump's supporters as bigots and losers…. This is one of the smartest conservative defenses of Trump yet published.” Forthcoming from Basic Books March 5th.
Posted 01.19.19: Esquire Magazine selects “The Most Anticipated Books of 2019” and among them Harold Bloom's Possessed by Memory: The Inward Light of Criticism: “America's foremost scholar of literature delivers his most personal treatise yet in this compendium of musings about eighty-plus seminal texts, from Shakespeare to Keats to Tolstoy. This isn't the garden variety work of criticism you might expect—at the end of his life, 88-year-old Bloom is plumbing his personal relationship with the greats for a thoughtful memoir of an extraordinary life in letters.”—Adrienne Westenfeld writing about Possessed by Memory.
Posted 01.09.19: “Eisenberg's book, like his previous scholarship, demonstrates his great intellectual curiosity…. He masterfully weaves all these threads into the rich fabric of his scholarship to produce powerful legal arguments…. It is impossible within the boundaries of this review to do justice to the many original and powerful analyses that appear in Eisenberg's Foundational Principles of Contract Law.”—The University of Chicago Law Review
Posted 01.02.19: “Verbal felicities, haunting or explosive imagery, the architectonic dazzlements of rhyme and meter—all these are dwarfed by American poetry's reverence for genuineness, for authenticity.... Yet in their introductory essays to the Best American Poetry 2018, the 30th installment of this always excellent annual anthology, series editor David Lehman and this year's guest editor, Dana Gioia, present dissimilar views on precisely what authenticity entails.”—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post, on Best American Poetry 2018, published by Scribner in September 2018.
Posted 12.16.18: Chosen a "Best Book of 2018" by the New York Post, Peter Schweizer's Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends: “An enraging look at how elected officials and those they appoint betray the public trust, this book focuses on ‘corruption by proxy,' where politicians skirt ethics laws by allowing money they can't legally accept to flow through their friends and families. Focusing on corruption by both major parties, this book shows the need for further reform to keep those committed to serving our country from serving themselves instead.”