Harold Bloom’s list of the Great Books from the Western Canon. Read a free sample or buy Il canone occidentale by Harold Bloom. You can read this book with Apple Books on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch. Information is endlessly available to us; where shall wisdom be found?” is the crucial question with which renowned literary critic Harold Bloom begins this.

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The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

Nella prefazione Bloom afferma che “leggere bene [ Freud’s skepticism of Shakespeare’s authorship aside, Bloom’s claim that Shakespeare invented the psyche is never adequately explained. Il nostro critico aggiunge poi che la narrativa di finzione serve principalmente ad alleviare la solitudine e contemporaneamente ad affermare l’io e “a coglierne i veri interessi”: If there is a flaw in Bloom’s work, it is repetition, as the reader is harrold with constant statements on the School of Resentment, Shakespeare’s unsurpassed Canonical centrality, and so on.

Any book that fought this trend would have my harols, but Bloom is always a scintillating writer, making The Western Canon a healthy and necessary book for our climate. Readers came to it it hoping for good advice on how to read meaningfully but was treated to a long monologue on how bloom reads and why he loves it. The appendix, which provided a list of thousands of books through the ages became for me a foundation and starting point for exploring literature.

Unfortunately, I cannot help to admire a man that has an extensive knowledge of literature. At least Bloom does deviate from this pattern once and seems to have a soft spot for the Latin American writer Pablo Neruda I can only hope this rather late work is not representative of what the good Professor is all about. Many of those poems that I memorized then stick with me now, more than a century later, deeply enriching my life and experience.

I don’t expect I’ll be reading any more of his work in the future.

Il canone occidentale

Jun 05, Alejandro Teruel rated it liked it Shelves: If you, reader of this review, can make sense of the quote above, you will perhaps gain much by reading the book. I left occcidentale a lot of things that should be there and I probably put in a couple of things that I now would like to kick out.


Shakespeare is God, Poe sucks. I am glad I picked this one. This volume is intelligent and insightful and verbose and circumlocutory and reveals so much that is interesting about great books without explaining anything about them.

He also told us that all bad poetry is sincere. Refresh and try again. It all seems needlessly pretentious. He’s continually repeating himself and makes some borderline absurd claims without the slightest shred of evidence to back himself up. Blpom me why Shakespeare haunts our psyches. Feb 09, Paul Bryant rated it liked it Shelves: Return to Book Page.

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Recovery of the ironic. Perhaps this is just an example of the Biblical claim that “there is no new thing under the sun”. Cultural prophecy is always a mug’s game. We read some of the works that have mattered to him in his reading life, and along with Bloom we ask those eternal questions, and we of course hear his answers. Exasperating, brilliant, outrageous, nonsensical, confusing, unintelligible.

His writing throughout is pithy, witty, and his knowledge of the great texts is paramount. You could argue Bloom doesn’t, but strongly implies to the point of embarrassment that Shakespeare’s influence has trickled down through the ages and social strata, so that an illiterate Sudanese orphan or a third-generation Turkish “guest hharold immigrant in Berlin or Paris Hilton all live and breathe occidebtale his influence, just as you can argue that a butterfly in Brazil flaps a hurricane into existence on the other side of the world or that, when no one is around, trees that fall in forests hum “Stairway to Heaven” on their way down.

On the one hand, it purports to explain why one should read I’ll save you the time and money– read for enjoyment.

Bloom. Western Canon

For me personally, there need be no occidemtale reason to read this book, because to me the prospect of reading great books along with Bloom is a wonderful proposition. This book is an exercise in love – a reader talking about what he loves to read and why, converted forcefully into a book on how and why another should read – and this I feel was the reason the book got all its bad reviews.


He wrote them, and there must be more than a hundred by now. Muy interesante punto de vista de Harold Bloom. Anyone willing to give a piece of literature the kind of scrutiny this man does deserves to be heard, even if most of what he says rubs me the wrong way. In Bloom’s world, books and authors are not only objectively good or bad, but can be easily ranked from best to worst like runners in a race.

He’s read and reread more that Bllom ever could in a lifetime. Harold Bloom is like your ornery grandpa: Trivia About How to Read and Why. The School of Resentment, what Bloom harokd as Feminism, Socialism, Deconstructionism and anything Focault ovewhelms Bloom’s enmitious relationship with how readers now interpret literature. This list may not include your favorite author, but he ahrold she may be on other Great Books lists.

Understanding what are the canon works in English Literature. It sort of is, but It’s as if one’s great-grandfather is lecturing from beyond the grave.

Finding myself now surrounded by professors of hip-hop; by clones of Gallic-Germanic theory In the unlikely event that literary theory again becomes relevant to mainstream society, or even mainstream academia for that matter, should there ever be a FOX News of theory, Harold Bloom would be the ideal candidate for the role of anchor. In this later volume, he looks at the different forms of literature — the short story, poetry, the novel and the play — and within each section he explores a number of authors that he sees as eminent and original.

What characters should we turn to so we can meet that need? Harold Bloom goes hard and doesn’t pull any punches.