Literary critic Harold Bloom’s The Western Canon is more than a required reading list-it is a vision. SHAKESPEARE, CENTRO DEL CANONE Shakespeare come massimo genio dell’arte occidentale e come lente per leggere tutto il resto. Harold Bloom’s list of the Great Books from the Western Canon. Read a free sample or buy Il canone occidentale by Harold Bloom. You can read this book with Apple Books on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.

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This has basically been my literary bible for the past year or two. It’s also worth noting, re. Sep 10, James rated it really liked it Shelves: Terrific overview of the western canon 20 words or more? By that point in history, several cultures had been trying to improve and to contribute to that particular aspect of cultural life for centuries. After reading this book, I was inspired to add several new books to my library and reading list.

David Thomson gets away with this kind of thing because he is witty, because he carries himself like a fellow traveler, and because he has a certain British self-deflation which gives his most madcap suggestions a twinkle – as when, in his biography of Orson Welles, he casually notes that young Orson was racing through local Irish lassies in a small province just about nine months before Peter O’Toole was born.

View all 20 comments. Art is perfectly useless, according to the sublime Oscar Wilde, who was right about everything.

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Maybe you’ll scrib down some autho Four stars does not mean a complete agreement with Bloom e. There are many excellent and thought-provoking observations about writers and books here.


In a field prone to subjective opinions, he makes the case that there is objective quality in canonical works. I admire Harold Bloom, which makes me a bit bias when reading any of his criticisms.

Da Wikipedia, l’enciclopedia libera. I do not see literature in this manner, because any work that presents itself this way never transcends into an elevated study of the overall human understanding. H Reading literary criticism is like having a tour-guide to a book.

It was good advice, I think. If he values the dead-white-European-male, it’s because dead-white-European-males were the best authors throughout history. We will not mention the list. But Bloom ignores me.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Why aren’t these better known? One of the only areas in which Bloom and I agree is in our mutual love ol Shakespeare. Not only is this extremely odd from an aesthetic viewpoint, since the Land of Poets and Thinkers has produced FAR better, but Freud is a psychologist and social scientist!!!

Jul 07, Rob rated it really liked it Shelves: The Theocratic Age “Since the literary canon is at issue here, I include only those religious, philosophical, historical, and scientific writings that are themselves of great aesthetic interest. But like the canon, I think this is a book that will reward a re-reading. He does so directly.

I don’t expect I’ll be reading any more of his work in the future. Why would I give this four stars when I so obviously disagree with most of it?

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I wonder if a graphic novelist who writes a lesbian bildungsroman that’s also a critical appreciation of Proust Alison Bechtelor television series writer David Milch’s characters who bleed Shakespeare in every line, or Patti Smith’s rock performance tributes to Rimbaud and William Blake would sway him at all. Literary critic Harold Bloom’s The Western Canon is more than a required reading list-it is a vision.


Every writer feels anxiety about what they owe to their predecessors, so they attempt to find a weakness or a shortcoming—a place where there is still room for originality.

Blolm talks about what should be in a canon of literature, and then picks the works that he thinks form the Western Canon.

No one can read that in a lifetime! He has edited hundreds of anthologies.

What I disagree with is how Bloom gives Shakespeare an absolutely Godlike position in which no writing before Shakespeare really meant anything and everything else written on the planet after Shakespeare was entirely thanks to Shakespeare’s influence.

He repeatedly denigrates and teases the contemporary harrold of thought: Since the publication of his first book inBloom has written more than 20 books of literary criticism, several books caone religion, and one novel. Lo splendido verso di Mall Avete letto Shakespeare? And Bloom does have the great advantage of infecting his readers with his enthusiasm for literature. He does not pretend to be an omniscient, objective critic; he is emotional and rash and prone to sweeping generalizations.

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