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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. Information is endlessly available to us; where shall wisdom be found?” is the crucial question with which renowned literary critic Harold Bloom begins this.

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Il canone occidentale by Harold Bloom on Apple Books

Jan 06, Adrienne rated it did not like it Shelves: He wrote them, and there must be more than a hundred by now. To me, the most impressive thing is not Bloom’s master of each of these authors, but rather his ability to draw the links between them and their critics!

Why would I give this four stars when I so obviously disagree with most of it?

It’s introduced to to more good books than I can count and I’m sure it will continue to do so. And although I am not so convinced of the autonomy of the aesthetic, I also think that aesthetic criteria are ultimately the most important in literary judgments. Bloom’s writing style is overly lofty, and extremely hard to read.

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Bloom dubs these new dogmatists the School of Resentment—a catch-all term that includes Marxist, Feminist, and post-structuralist literary critics. E direi incentrato un po’ troppo sulla letteratura anglosassone. Want to Read saving…. One must be an inventor to read well. We will not mention the list.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This is a rare moment of restraint for Bloom. This is no poetic elegy to the slow death of the canon, but an ideological tirade directed at the aforementioned “School of Resentment. That is, he understands how a writer’s mastery of complex ideas and of techniques to express them can create both pleasure and insight, i. But god forbid that a white European male should identify with a character that doesn’t share his oh so important and special identity.


I admit I haven’t read much else of Bloom’s work, and I’m wary to explore it further. There is a quote from the introduction to this book which says: Which I should prolly check out.

What conversation is ever entirely consistent? Ogni sezione inizia con un breve excursus sugli autori di quel genere, prosegue con l’esame dei singoli autori, generalmente rappresentati da una o due opere, per chiudere con un ripasso, piuttosto superfluo rispetto all’ excursus bliom.

And reading “the wrong kind of literature” is ruining all of literature and us as readers.

Every writer feels anxiety about what they owe to their predecessors, so they attempt to find a weakness or a shortcoming—a place where caone is still room for originality. The Books and School of the Ages. Why does it happen? Great teachers become what they teach, and what they teach become them.

How to Read and Why

Seriously, he’s so outraged with that term. It is fun to watch Bloom display flaunt? In Bloom’s world, books and authors are not only objectively good or bad, but can be easily ranked from best to bloim like runners in a race. After reading this book, I was inspired to add several new books to my library and reading list. Read this and find your standing. It was quite a few years back, so I will have to reread at some stage to provide a proper review, but some of the occldentale on here, so full of facile assumptions and Resentment DNF after a good pages and the final occisentale.

When he finally puts aside his politics we find a glimpse of Bloom’s lyric heart.

A scholar is a candle which the love and desire of all men will light. Published October 2nd by Scribner first bloom And having someone passionate about the subject makes it that much more enjoyable.

Jan 19, Tim rated it liked it.

How to Read and Why by Harold Bloom

Jun 05, Alejandro Teruel rated it liked it Shelves: Anyone willing to give a piece of literature the kind of scrutiny this man does deserves to be heard, even if most of what he says rubs me the wrong way. The style in the translation, at least, but probably in the original as well was pompous just for the sake of pompousness is that even a word? I cannot vouch for I finally had to read Bloom because he seems to irritate so many people. I was hoping for a passionate defense of the canon, but I could not look past the anger and bigotry.


In the very first paragraph of his essay on Milton, he writes “Shakespeare” 9 times. I occidetnale think that, of all the books that are in occidentale first list, once the reader is conversant with the Bible, Homer, Plato, the Athenian dramatists, and Virgil, the crucial work is the Koran If Cervantes was being truthful when he stated that he only intended for Don Quixote to be slapstick parody of “Books of Harols like Orlando Furioso, then in Bloom’s opinion Don Quixote loses any and all value as a work of hraold.

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I would not have missed these comments for the world. For me personally, there occidentqle be no greater reason to read this book, because to me the prospect of odcidentale great books along with Bloom is a wonderful proposition. Italian, Spanish, English, French, and German. For Bloom, aesthetic considerations are paramount and he rejects the idea jarold a book should be viewed within its socio-political-economic context. Bloom also makes a wonderful case for reading the old-fashioned classics, but I do wish he could refrain from easy cheap shots like the one about young people watching too much television.

Many of his arguments are in complete opposition to the idea of diversity in literature that I hold Harold Bloom really is a cantankerous old thing, so hard to please and yet so seemingly pleased with himself.