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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,172 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harold Bloom Narrator: John McDonough Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by matt | 11/8/2013

    " I'm with him. "

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