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3.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 5 3.80 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harold Bloom Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Harold Bloom is Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, Berg Professor of English at New York University, and a former Charles Eliot Norton Professor at Harvard. He has written more than 20 books of literary criticism. From a lifetime of writing and teaching about literature, this great scholar exhorts readers to consider the pleasures and benefits of reading well.

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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendel | 2/11/2014

    " This is a book for believers: the message is that there is one God only and his name is Shakespeare! If you have a prejudice against literature and its prophets, than prof Bloom's obscure writing will most certainly confirm it. This is pompous bs, and I really can't remember why on earth I gave it that second star. Maybe there was a decent piece about Kafka. No, it is not worthwhile to ponder how to read Bloom. Just why is enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riah | 1/12/2014

    " This is one of my absolute favorite books. It is a psychological perspective of becoming a bibliophile. Even deeper, though, it explicitly describes how we become connected to a story, a character, a moment. How does reading turn into experiencing? Why does it happen? What do author's do to make sure you love the experience or at least remember it forever? Why do we strive to gain this experience? What characters should we turn to so we can meet that need? These are the questions and answers of the book. READ IT! It's amazing, introspective, dead on, and will provide you with books to read for a lifetime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 12/9/2013

    " I am a huge Harold Bloom fan and enjoy his style of literary criticsm. H ehas a way of letting the reader know what he thinks but also gives the reader an opportunity to agree or disagree with what he is saying. He will give you a new way to look at what you have read or are reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 matt | 11/8/2013

    " I'm with him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Lawlor | 10/29/2013

    " This book certainly won't appeal to everybody as it is academic and offers very little in the way of pleasure. However, Harold Bloom's insight, intellect, and practically boundless knowledge of literature is more than impressive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Puddinheadjoe | 10/25/2013

    " great intro. the book reviews demand that you have actually read some works of great literature, so I had to skip most of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drew Johnson | 10/20/2013

    " Equal parts insight and arrogance. Dogmatic. Bloom is unquestionably bright but full of self importance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Elems | 8/31/2013

    " Interesting, but more like "WHAT to read and why". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Doody | 7/9/2012

    " Bloom explains what makes great literature, why it matters, and how we should approach it so late in history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 7/4/2012

    " the man's a genius. i agree with much of what he says and appreciate all of his thoughts. you gotta love literature to read harold bloom. go for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 10/24/2011

    " Harold Bloom is God. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 2/28/2011

    " I've read **in** this book for several yrs., & finally left it at a friend's, 1/2 read.

    It's good, though hardly spritely reading.

    I trust Bloom (even when I may not share his judgments), but hope he was a more lively teacher than, in this book, is shows himself an author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 1/11/2011

    " Another great book of literary criticism! It left me with a list of books that I want to to make sure to read.It even made me re-evaluate books that I have read and disliked, like As I lay Dying by Faulkner. I might even give that one a second chance at some point in the future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 7/7/2010

    " This man is brilliant and boring. I`m used to reading difficult and highbrow material. I just drag my way through his. Maybe one day , after I read EVERYTHING there is to read , I can revisit this man`s work and find it less tedious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 6/15/2010

    " Bloom explains what makes great literature, why it matters, and how we should approach it so late in history. "

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