Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human


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Harold Bloom, the doyen of American literary critics and author of The Western Canon, has spent a professional lifetime reading, writing about and teaching Shakespeare. In this magisterial interpretation, Bloom explains Shakespeare's genius in a radical and provocative re-reading of the plays. How to understand Shakespeare, whose ability so far exceeds his predecessors and successors, whose genius has defied generations of critics' explanations, whose work is of greater influence in the modern age even than the ...

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Jul 2, 2007

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Harold Bloom sends me to the dictionary -- the OED -- more than any other author. An amazing mind, superb writer. Professor Bloom says that Shakespeare not only had an in-depth understanding of human beings, but also that he "created" us -- He is able to show that everything that makes us human is found in Shakespeare.

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