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My Humanities teacher used to say that the purpose of literary criticism isn't to tear down or set out a particular framework for our classics that everyone should stick within. That, while this might be what it amounts to in modern circles more often than not, the real purpose is to provoke a community of original and intelligent thought by offering up an opinion that is well written and poignant enough to inspire the creation of new thought. Like the authors that write what we critique, we sho ...more
Bloom is a literary critic, and currently a Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University. Since the publication of his first book in 1959, Bloom has written more than 20 books of literary criticism, several books discussing religion, and one novel. He has edited hundreds of anthologies.More about Harold Bloom...