Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human

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Harper Collins Publishers, Jan 1, 2008 - Characters and characteristics in literature - 745 pages
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A landmark achievement -- expansive, erudite, and passionate -- 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 scholarship -- that Shakespeare not only reinvented 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  - Thomas A Wiebe - Goodreads

This is a great companion book for the appreciation of Shakespeare. I have been fortunate enough to see about half of Shakespeare's plays in my life, and fell into the habit of reading one of his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Justin - Goodreads

I just cannot understand why Bloom is so popular. His exegeses on Hamlet rarely produce any meaningful insight into the text other than offering his own personal beliefs with no textual evidence. Read full review

About the author (2008)

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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