Harold Bloom


Born
in New York City, The United States
July 11, 1930

Died
October 14, 2019

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Harold Bloom was an American literary critic and the Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University. Since the publication of his first book in 1959, Bloom has written more than forty books of literary criticism, several books discussing religion, and one novel. He edited hundreds of anthologies.

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“Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.”
Harold Bloom

“We read deeply for varied reasons, most of them familiar: that we cannot know enough people profoundly enough; that we need to know ourselves better; that we require knowledge, not just of self and others, but of the way things are. Yet the strongest, most authentic motive for deep reading…is the search for a difficult pleasure.”
Harold Bloom

“Real reading is a lonely activity.”
Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

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