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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Okay, okay, I am not simple.

Jul 19, Mark rated it really liked it. His book isn’t very Shakespearean though, so I wouldn’t bother reading it. Read this and find your standing. What’s worse, he expends all his energies on analyzing Hamlet and leaves a few paltry pages for Hedda Gabler canons The Importance of Being Earnest.

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I don’t even agree that he’s all that when it comes to the English or Anglo-American literary tradition alone. Also, I thought his thoughts about Dante and Beatrice were quite interesting.

There is a quote from the introduction to this book which says: The book opens with a short essay on the experience of reading, why one should read, etc. He’s read occiddentale reread more that I ever could in a lifetime. 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. Frequently Asked Questions Who wrote this list?


Bloom, listed only 26 books. Nella prefazione Bloom afferma che “leggere bene [ See the heading above and the credit below to find out who wrote this list.

Il canone occidentale

T Muy interesante punto de vista de Harold Bloom. But a good academic background should also include contemporary pieces. Slow and turgid prose.

Why do we keep reading Shakespeare, Dante, Cervantes, and Tolstoy? He’s just a man who thinks a book is more important than its author. That much of literature is a kind of genealogy in which mapping the haeold debts a work owes is much of the point of reading.

Yes, it is true that in his Prologue Bloom articulates five principles or suggestions or general observations about reading: Bloom, in his comments and questions, like Shakespeare in his play, turns the reader about such that he finds himself reading himself, probing his own life. For Bloom, Shakespeare invented the modern human. As a premise, this sounds nosy and elitist but I didn’t find it off-putting.

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Sadly that doesn’t stop him from being an annoying jerk who thinks he is above everyone else, apparantely. May 02, I. His writing throughout is pithy, witty, and his knowledge of the great texts is paramount.

A great deal is assumed of the reader. I found some that were new to me and that I would enjoy reading. Feb 25, Darren rated it did not like it.

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His treatment of the so-called School of Resentment is dismissive at best. He takes the work at hand and draws a theory of human nature and of human social life from it.

occidentalle It built up the wrong expectations. One of the only areas in which Bloom and I agree is in our mutual love of Shakespeare. Bloom has picked up some pieces of literature Short stories, poems, Novels, and plays and ‘sort of’ introduces them to you. Lists with This Book.