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The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages - Harold Bloom
The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages
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The Western Canon is more than a required reading list-it is a vision. Infused with a love of learning, compelling in its arguments for a unifying written culture, it argues brilliantly against the politicization of literature and presents a guide to the great works and essential writers of the... show more
The Western Canon is more than a required reading list-it is a vision. Infused with a love of learning, compelling in its arguments for a unifying written culture, it argues brilliantly against the politicization of literature and presents a guide to the great works and essential writers of the ages. The Western Canon was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781573225144 (1573225142)
ASIN: 1573225142
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Pages no: 560
Edition language: English
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It's a Hardback Life
It's a Hardback Life rated it
4.0 Review: The Western Canon by Harold Bloom
4/5 stars Harold Bloom really is a cantankerous old thing, so hard to please and yet so seemingly pleased with himself. I actually enjoy reading Bloom, if only because I like arguing with him in my head. He makes plenty of good points in this massive exploration of Literature with a capital "L," b...
A Cruel Man Delighting in Flowers
A Cruel Man Delighting in Flowers rated it
5.0
I read this while doing Literary Studies in university. Bloom's work was introduced to us piecemeal as a foil, a series of quotes here and there to wind up into a tight straw-man and then knock down. And burn. I read further and discovered there was much more to him, the last genuine Literary Critic...
cjc
cjc rated it
4.0 The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages
To be perfectly honest, I bought a used copy of this primarily so I could have the list of canonical titles at the back of the book. However you feel about Bloom, and the rest of his writing, the list is a great reference. Fortunately, I also decided to take a look at the book itself.I'm fairly cert...
It's a Hardback Life
It's a Hardback Life rated it
4.0
Harold Bloom really is a cantankerous old thing, so hard to please and yet so seemingly pleased with himself. I actually enjoy reading Bloom, if only because I like arguing with him in my head. He makes plenty of good points in this massive exploration of Literature with a capital "L," but he also h...
Gypsy Librarian on Books
Gypsy Librarian on Books rated it
3.0 The Western Canon
Now this is probably more the type of book my colleagues back in public school would have approved so many years ago. What can I say? Bloom can be heavy at times, but the guy is very well read and brings a lot to the book. In spite of the heaviness at times, the guy does have a passion for the books...
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