Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human

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Bertrams Print On Demand, 1999 - Characters and characteristics in literature - 745 pages
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A landmark achievement as expansive, erudite, and passionate as its renowned author, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human is the culmination of a lifetime of reading, writing about, and teaching Shakespeare. Preeminent literary critic Harold Bloom leads us through a comprehensive reading of every one of the dramatist's plays, brilliantly illuminating each work with unrivaled warmth, wit and insight. At the same time, Bloom presents one of the boldest theses of Shakespearean scholarships -- that Shakespeare not only invented the English language, but also created human nature as we know it today.

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Interesting despite absurd premise. - Goodreads
Of COURSE the writing is trite and repetitive, Bloomie. - Goodreads
It's just lazy writing from an academic. - Goodreads
I use this book as a reference for Shakespeare's plays. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

Using this as a resource to regain my bearings and rediscover some of the plays that I explored in hs/earlier in my degree. Fantastic read (if this is what you intend to use it for- a refresher ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leonard Gaya - Goodreads

I must humbly confess that I had to stop halfway this heavy slumber-driven brick-book. In the end, I am not totally sure whether or not Shakespeare did "invent the human" as the title grandiosely ... Read full review

About the author (1999)

Described in the New York Times as ‘ a colossus among critics … [with] an encyclopedic intellect, exuberant eccentricity, a massive love of literature. The legend of his genius spans four decades’, Harold Bloom was born to a Yiddish-speaking family and learnt to speak English by reading the works of William Blake. He studied at Cornell, Pembroke College Cambridge and Yale, and is Professor of Humanities at Yale and Professor of English at New York Universities, a regular contributor to literary journals and the recipient of many prizes and awards.

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