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Extended Audio Sample The Modern Scholar: Shakespeare: The Seven Major Tragedies, by Professor Harold Bloom
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,523 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Professor Harold Bloom Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Shakespeare's seven great tragedies contain unmistakable elements that set them apart from any other plays ever written.

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare embodied in the character of Juliet the world's most impressive representation ever of a woman in love. With Julius Caesar, the great playwright produced a drama of astonishing and perpetual relevance. In Hamlet, Shakespeare created a character with the most brilliant mind in all of literature. And the character of Iago in Othello has been the very archetype of the villain ever since. King Lear presents audiences with unparalleled emotional and intellectual demands. Macbeth is a play of ruthless economy in which Shakespeare forces his audience into intimate sympathy with a man not far from being a mass murderer. Finally, in Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare created something entirely new: a vast political and historical conspectus involving the whole world. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matthew Maline | 2/10/2014

    " I am frequently in awe of Harold Bloom, mostly because he is wrong so often. I have a theory that it is not so much that he loves Shakespeare and Hamlet, as that he is IN love with them. There, I said it. This, I believe, leads him to believe that reading Shakespeare somehow can make us accept our morality and other things that I only associate with love. So maybe I am merely projecting my own feelings and beliefs onto him, bearing with them my own peculiar convoluted thoughts on the matter. And perhaps it is some latent homophobia that each time he extols Shakespeare's brilliance or Hamlet's unending complexities mutters "you old queer coot, dry-humping an old Riverside, no wonder your so bitter on Harry Potter". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by George | 2/9/2014

    " As it says on the jacket, "The indispensable critic on the indispensable writer." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew Christ | 2/4/2014

    " Bloom is such a good reader of Shakespeare but I don't find all his arguments convincing. If you want to learn about the plays, this isn't the book for you. If you want to learn what Bloom's opinions are regarding the plays and Shakespeare's achievements and shortcomings then this is the book for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jimmy | 1/30/2014

    " I liked it, but Bloom did not hold my interest enough to give it a better rating. "

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