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by Harold Bloom
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tuirgin
tuirgin rated it 5 years ago
This book is not geared toward the academic, rather it is a popular book on reading quality literature. What this means is that Bloom does not spend time discussing the theory and techniques of literary scholarship and criticism, but instead models a very personal, pleasurable style of attentive rea...
Never Read Passively
Never Read Passively rated it 9 years ago
A lot of why I liked this book is because it gave me a few books to add to my queue. This is my first exposure to Bloom and my impression is that he's sort of a charming character. He's erudite and opinionated without being condescending or abrasive. I found his passion for books and literature cont...
Boxes of Paper
Boxes of Paper rated it 14 years ago
I am always eager to read a book that purports to encourage reading within the general population. Bloom certain encourages reading, but his text How to Read and Why assumes that the reader is already well versed in the classics. Plots of classic novels and plays are referred to in shorthand; Bloom ...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it 20 years ago
Bloom is a big believer in the idea of the canon as a dead-white male institution. Because a shared culture is valuable (I agree with him there) he seems to think that it must be the shared culture of dead white Northern Europeans in the US. I think most of us have had more than enough of that cul...
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