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Harold Bloom

Read through the most famous quotes from Harold Bloom

Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.

— Harold Bloom

#solitude #pleasure

Everyone wants a prodigy to fail; it makes our mediocrity more bearable.

— Harold Bloom


(Wallace) Stevens turns to the idea of the weather precisely as the religious idea turns to the idea of God.

— Harold Bloom

#wallace-stevens #weather #religion

Marxism, famously a cry of pain rather than a science, has had its poets, but so has every other major religious heresy.

— Harold Bloom


At our present bad moment, we need above all to recover our sense of literary individuality and of poetic autonomy.

— Harold Bloom

#individuality #age

Aesthetic criticism returns us to the autonomy of imaginative literature and the sovereignty of the solitary soul, the reader not as a person in society but as the deep self, our ultimate inwardness.

— Harold Bloom

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(Wallace) Stevens turns to the idea of the weather precisely as the religious man turns to the idea of God.

— Harold Bloom

#poetry #religion #wallace-stevens #weather #religion

I have never believed that the critic is the rival of the poet, but I do believe that criticism is a genre of literature or it does not exist.

— Harold Bloom

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I don't believe in myths of decline or myths of progress, even as regards the literary scene.

— Harold Bloom

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All that a critic, as critic, can give poets is the deadly encouragement that never ceases to remind them of how heavy their inheritance is.

— Harold Bloom

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About Harold Bloom

Did you know about Harold Bloom?

After Beckett's death in 1989 Bloom has pointed towards other authors as the new main figures of the Western literary canon. "I saw the Oxford English Dictionary there for the first time" he said many years later. I purchased and read Fearful Symmetry a week or two after it had come out and reached the bookstore in Ithaca New York.

These theories dominated his writing for a decade after which he began to focus on what he named "religious criticism" in books such as The Book of J (1990) and The American Religion (1992). He has edited hundreds of anthologies for the Chelsea House publishing firm.

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