Harold Bloom’s list of the Great Books from the Western Canon. Read a free sample or buy Il canone occidentale by Harold Bloom. You can read this book with Apple Books on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch. Information is endlessly available to us; where shall wisdom be found?” is the crucial question with which renowned literary critic Harold Bloom begins this.

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Il canone occidentale

H Reading literary criticism is like having a tour-guide to a book. It’s only now as I write this that I realise I was like Tantalus trapped in the underworld – hungry, thirsty, the food and water so near, yet it always seemed to recede as I got close. An Eno Journal J. The Epic Poems S. Bloom has read with extraordinary breadth and depth and seems to remember it all.

But underneath all the bluster, Bloom actually has a tremendous understanding of the Western Canon and its critics throughout the centuries. Recommended to Nisah by: These are the questions and answers of the book. Hharold, it is true that in his Prologue Bloom articulates five principles or suggestions or general observations about read I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I will for sure use his list as a guide for future reading.

I thought I was craving insight, that I was always on the edge of discovery. And what can be more valuable than that?

Paperbackpages. Bloom dubs these new dogmatists the School of Resentment—a catch-all term that includes Marxist, Feminist, and post-structuralist literary critics. He does not address their arguments, but rather talks of them as lost souls, blinded by worldly things.

Alas, Bloom instead writes about Shakespeare inventing the psyche and gabbing about Freud. Non a caso, uno dei migliori, se non il migliore. Harold Bloom is an elitist, a snob, a horrible sexist, and as an Ivy League professor, could care less.


Works that fit into that mold at best is a simulacrum. On the contrary, I agree with some of his reading and appreciate his assumption of a female reader.

The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom. Why would I give this four stars when I so obviously disagree with most of it? Clear your mind of cant. Since I’m now 72 years old, it is unlikely I will ever recover from this tragedy.

Il canone occidentale – Harold Bloom – Google Books

I’m not finished, barold then I don’t think I ever will be. I thoroughly believe in the canon and it is an overwheling greatness that one can never surmise how to describe it. Feb 14, Chris rated it did not like it Shelves: I’ve never been into the Bard. Open Preview See a Problem?

Paperbackpages. Art is perfectly useless, according to the sublime Oscar Wilde, who was right about everything. Perhaps you’ll hate Bloom right away in the preface. Three are selected as compared to dozens of short stories, poems and novels. To question the motivation of your opponents which he does and to position yourself as an oracle and a prophet which he also does are not healthy attitudes for an intellectual.

This section is wide-ranging and not arranged chronologically, and because he proceeds topically it is easier for the reader to follow his insights when he compares and contrasts poets whom at first blush might not seem to be related. Mar 19, Dan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This ideology is most clearly illuminated at the end of the book when he discusses why it is good to rea This is a remarkably conservative introduction to how to read and why.


Haarold Thomson gets away with this kind of thing because occidnetale is witty, because he carries himself like a fellow traveler, and because he has a certain British self-deflation which gives his most madcap suggestions a twinkle – as when, in his biography of Orson Welles, he casually notes that young Orson was racing through local Irish lassies in a small province just about nine months before Peter O’Toole was born.

Do we really read to draw such elaborate textual family-trees? Since the publication of his first book inBloom has written more than 20 books of literary criticism, several books discussing religion, and one novel.

The School of Rese To some Harold Bloom might just be a pompous critic, but if I can have an ounce of literary knowledge that this man has in his brain, I would consider myself lucky. A parte il racconto, secondo Bloom tutti gli altri generi e tutti gli altri autori discendono in maniera diretta o indiretta da Shakespeare: He wrote them, and there must be more than a hundred by now.

If there is a flaw in Bloom’s work, it is repetition, as the reader is b One of the most useful works of non-fiction to be published in recent decades, written by the sturdy Yale professor Harold Bloom. So I read this book and, as I read, I felt as though I was in the company of an erudite and eloquent writer.

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