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Harold Bloom

Harold Bloom

Harold Bloom was Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University, where he taught for more than fifty years until his death at age 89. He was also a past Charles Eliot Norton Professor at Harvard University and Berg Professor of English at New York University. He wrote more than thirty books, including The Anxiety of Influence, The Western Canon, and Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human.

He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, where in 1999 he was awarded their highest honor, the Gold Medal for belles lettres and criticism. He also has received many other awards and honorary degrees, including, Mexico's Premio Internacional Alfonso Reyes Prize for 2003. (Other authors awarded the Reyes Prize include Octavio Paz, Andre Malraux, Jorge Luis Borges and Carlos Fuentes.) In 2002 he was awarded the Catalonia International Prize, given to "individuals whose creative work has contributed decisively to promoting cultural, scientific and human values throughout the world." (Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Mstislav Rostropovitch, and Václav Havel are among the previous recipients.) He also won a MacArthur Prize Fellowship and Phi Beta Kappa's 1989 Christian Gauss Award for an outstanding work of literary scholarship or criticism.

THE AMERICAN RELIGION (Chu Hartley Publishers, 2006)

THE ANATOMY OF INFLUENCE: Literature as a Way of Life (Yale University Press, 2011)

THE ART OF READING POETRY (HarperCollins, 2005)

BEST POEMS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: From Chaucer Through Frost (HarperCollins, 2004)

THE BRIGHT BOOK OF LIFE: Novels to Read and Reread (Alfred A. Knopf, 2020)

CLEOPATRA: I Am Fire and Air (Scribner, 2017)

THE DAEMON KNOWS: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime (Spiegel & Grau, 2015)

FALLEN ANGELS: With Illuminations by Mark Podwal (Yale University Press, 2007)

FALSTAFF: Give Me Life (Scribner, 2017)

GENIUS: A Mosaic of 100 Exemplary Creative Minds (Warner, 2002)

HAMLET: Poem Unlimited (Riverhead, 2003)

HOW TO READ AND WHY (Scribner, 2000)

IAGO: The Strategies of Evil (Scibner, 2018)

JESUS AND YAHWEH: The Names Divine (Riverhead, 2005)

LEAR: The Great Image of Authority (Scribner, 2018)

MACBETH: A Dagger of the Mind (Scribner, 2019)

OMENS OF MILLENNIUM: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams and Resurrection (Riverhead, 1996)

POSSESSED BY MEMORY: The Inward Light of Criticism (Alfred A. Knopf, 2019)

THE SHADOW OF A GREAT ROCK: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible (Yale University Press, 2011)

SHAKESPEARE: The Invention of the Human (Riverhead, 1998)


TAKE ARMS AGAINST A SEA OF TROUBLES: The Power of the Reader’s Mind over a Universe of Death (Yale University Press, 2020)

TILL I END MY SONG: A Gathering of Last Poems (HarperCollins, 2010)

THE WESTERN CANON: The Books and School of the Ages (Harcourt, 1994)


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