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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All of this begs the question: If nothing else, The Western Canon is an angry book. Shedding all polemic, Bloom addresses the solitary reader, who, he urges, should read for the purest of all reasons: I would think that, of all the books that are in this first list, once the reader is conversant with the Bible, Homer, Plato, the Athenian dramatists, and Virgil, the crucial work is the Koran Non a caso, uno dei migliori, se non il migliore.

Sure, few works can compare to The Divine Comedy, or Paradise Lost, or nearly anything by his beloved Shakespeare in terms of complexity or even universality, but why is this the only measure of greatness?

Jan 18, Elena rated it really liked it Shelves: Literature is my passion and it is his unending passion to read and to celebrate the art and styles of literature, which I cannot overlook. I am thankful to Harold for the providing the direction about reading. 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.


Bloom. Western Canon

The list was not my idea. And White and Jameson actually bothered to take French critical theory on on its own ground, and in my view, showed exactly why, necessary as it may have been in a particular historical moment, it was a dead end for literary study.

Hwrold the other hand, it contains many references to literature that it makes almost no sense to read it unless you have already read the copious books Prof.

It all seems needlessly pretentious.

Il canone occidentale

Maybe you’ll scrib down some authors you’ll never want to come across. Why isn’t my favorite author listed here? Bloom worships Shakespeare too.

It sort of is, but But underneath all the bluster, Bloom actually has a tremendous understanding of the Western Canon and i Hilarious. Psychology and sociology are soft sciences, lccidentale they not really an art and should not be classified as such. E quanto in Pontiggia o in Camilleri?

Clear your mind of cant. Over and over again, like a king besieged by madness in an empty castle, he rails against the numerous people and forces who are arrayed against him – feminists, marxists, culturists he references African-American academics specifically and all non-white academics generally.

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The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages by Harold Bloom

One must be an inventor to read well. The School of Resentment, what Bloom labels as Feminism, Socialism, Deconstructionism and anything Focault ovewhelms Bloom’s enmitious relationship with how readers now interpret literature.

To no-one in particular. Jul 10, Randi Taylor-Habib rated it it was amazing.

Camille Paglia said that this harolr was as much about Bloom himself as it was about the “best that has been written” one of many phrases that Bloom is quite of fond of using again and againand this is certainty true, as the irascible scholar’s personality comes through in every supple sentence.

Tell me why Shakespeare matters. View all 18 comments. Jan 06, Adrienne rated it did not like it Shelves: It was interesting reading this at the same time as I am reading lots of Bourdieu. I’m not saying that’s the right interpretation of the essence of the Western literary tradition either, but it’s fascinating how he feels so justified in getting upset about the fact that the professors of hip-hop; the clones of Gallic-Germanic theory; the ideologies of gender and of various sexual persuasions; the multiculturalists unlimited” p.