Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human

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Fourth Estate, 2008 - Characters and characteristics in literature - 745 pages
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Harold Bloom, the doyen of American literary critics and author of 'The Western Canon', has spent a professional lifetime reading, writing about, and teaching Shakespeare. In this magisterial interpretation, Bloom explains Shakespeare's genius in a radical and provocative re-reading of the plays.

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This book is a curious thing. Bloom claims that Shakespeare actually invented self-reflection. It is like claiming that color didn't exist before colored motion pictures, or that sound didn't exist ... Read full review

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Great refresher on the plays. Fun to argue with Bloom in my head, though I enjoy him most when he's surly. Read full review

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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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