Harold Bloom, the prodigious literary critic, has died at 89. He championed and defended the Western canon in an outpouring of influential books.
Harold Bloom, often called “the most notorious literary critic in America,” has died. His NYT obit
In the obit for Napoleon Chagnon he was deemed “controversial.” Now Harold Bloom is “notorious.” Even in death, the demarcation of correct-thinking takes precedence
Harold Bloom was once asked why he was writing a multi-volume history of literary theory. "I can't sleep anyway," he said.
Mr. Bloom insisted that a literary work is not a social document — is not to be read for its political or historical content — but is to be enjoyed above all for the aesthetic pleasure it brings
A giant. My wife was an English grad student at Yale while he was in his prime and has wonderful stories about him. Among other things, he could recite much of the canon from memory.
The last of an era that began with Trilling. Brilliant Jewish young men from humble NYC families who brought to literature the kind of careful, reverent study once reserved for the Torah. A great man who created reader-artists and changed lives.
he taught his last class on Friday! #RIPHaroldBloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89 - The New York Times
For those of us educated in the Yale English Department, mixed memories. A truly great and powerful mind. But also someone for whom female students were a kind of erotic convenience store, and men’s conversations with men were paramount and exclusive.
Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89
“What are now called ‘Departments of English’ will be renamed departments of ‘Cultural Studies,’ where Batman comics, Mormon theme parks, television, movies and rock will replace Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton..."
Eminent literary critic Harold Bloom is dead at age 89
Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89
yeah, contemporary literary critics may 'roll their eyes' - but Bloom knew one thing most of them don't - how to read
via ⁦⁩ הרולד בלום, ממבקרי הספרות החשובים באמריקה, מת בן 89
"Shakespeare is God,” he declared, and Shakespeare’s characters, he said, are as real as people and have shaped Western perceptions of what it is to be human"
Harold Bloom, a renowned literary critic who championed the Western canon, is dead at 89.
Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89
Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89 - The New York Times
His “The Anxiety of Influence,” is a strangely great book, which reminded me of Nietzsche’s “On the Use and Abuse of History for Life”: “Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89”
‘Professor Bloom’s critics noted that Mr. Updike had once referred to Professor Bloom’s writings as “torturous.”’ via
Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89
Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89
RIP Harold Bloom, a giant of English literary criticism. One of my few regrets is that I never took a class from him, though (and most of my scientist colleagues don't know this) I majored in English at Yale, and he was already legendary when I was there.
“Professor Bloom called himself “a monster” of reading; he said he could read, & absorb, a 400-page book in an hour. His friend Richard Bernstein, a professor of philosophy at the New School, told a reporter that watching Professor Bloom read was “scary.””
Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89 - The New York Times
I get why many hate Bloom esp. his cruel and glib dismissals of writers of color and women. Today, I found myself grateful for his many incisive readings and the effect Anxiety of Influence had on my own work. And I'm sad Bloom's heart was not bigger.
Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89, By Dinitia Smith /
I'm going to need a fact check on some of the claims in this obit
Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89
Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89
they don't make English professors like Harold any more ...Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89
Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89 - The New York Times
With one exception, Harold Bloom!
RIP the great Harold Bloom. A dinosaur, but a very good dinosaur. I met him only once, and he commented how dogeared the book I was having him sign was. And he called me a “young lad.”
Our East Rock neighbor Harold Bloom, a literary giant, passed away this week. We shared a rather unusual connection: Bloom's last RA is also our kids' babysitter and they met him many times. Hopefully some of his literary genius rubbed off on them.
Oh Harold Bloom died
Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89
Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89