Beginning with a basic question, "Why read?" Bloom offers his thoughts on works that form the canon of great literature. Short stories, poems, novels, and plays are held up to the light of Bloom's considerable intellect. Here are the authors that bear reading again and again, including Turgenev and Tennyson, Cervantes,and Shakespeare.
Harold Bloom's many honors include a MacArthur Prize, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Academy's Gold Medal for Criticism. As he shares his passion for literature, his discussion is made even more enthralling through John McDonough's warm narration.
©2000 Harold Bloom; (P)2001 Recorded Books
Brilliant, engaging, influential
"A Jane Austen Education": Both books deal with how literature can and should change your life.
He sounds just like I'd imagine Harold Bloom to sound--professorial and profound. The pauses are in all the right places.
Why we should memorize poetry, and his interpretations of certain works are truly memorable.
Bloom chooses a few works from each period English and American literature and shows why they are the most important, how they should be read and interpreted, and how they should be savored and remembered.
The book does give you good ideas on what to read. However I did not make it through in print or on audio book. I gave him 1 star because I think he is a tool.
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