Genius: a mosaic of one hundred exemplary creative minds

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Fourth Estate, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 814 pages
'Genius' is a defence of genius against its past and current detractors, from socio-biologists to historicists and the materialists of the genome school. With a great scope, this book should help us to enhance our appreciation of genius and exemplary human lives and, by reflection, to discover our own potential.

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Impressive encyclopedia survey of some 100 writers Bloom considers to have some aspect of genius. Organization is haphazard and arbitrary, but Bloom admits as much, listing them in an unusual Gnostic ... Read full review

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User Review  - joririchardson - LibraryThing

This is a fascinating look at 100 brilliant minds in history. This book is pretty thick, but surprisingly easy to get through. I like it because it gives a brief, readable bio about each person (2 - 8 ... Read full review


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Harold Bloom, July 11, 1930 - Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The King James Bible: A Literary Appreciation.

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