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
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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It is a great lesson on Shakespeare. Read full review

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Read this a couple of times when it came out in 1998, but my current practice is to pick it up before going to see another Shakespeare play. Othello being the current prompt. Even if you are anti ... 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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