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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.

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All books by Harold Bloom:

George Orwell's 1984 (Modern Critical Interpretations)

George Orwell's 1984 (Modern Critical Interpretations)

-- Presents the most important 20th-century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature -- The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism -- Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life,...
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Shelley, The Selected Poetry of Percy Bysshe

Shelley, The Selected Poetry of Percy Bysshe

In the pantheon of English poets, Shelly has long occupied a lofty place, his poems as admired for their profound thought and subtle perceptions as for the music and fervor of their language. His life as well as his poetry embraced the passions, ideals and causes of Romanticism, whose emergence...
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William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats

Essays discuss Yeats' poetry and examine its rhythm, patterns, themes, and use of mythological characters.
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John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck

- A biographical and critical review of the world's most important writers- Expert analysis by Harold Bloom- A wealth of information on the writers that are most commonly read in high schools, colleges, and universities
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Twelfth Night: or, What You Will

Twelfth Night: or, What You Will

A young noblewoman, Viola,  shipwrecked in a foreign land and separated from her twin brother, dresses as a man in order to enter the service of Orsino, duke of Illyria. Complications ensue—deceptions, infatuations, misdirected overtures, malevolent pranks—as everyone is drawn into the hilarious...
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Arthur Miller's The Crucible

Arthur Miller's The Crucible

Each title features: - Critical essays reflecting a variety of schools of criticism - Notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index - An introductory essay by Harold Bloom.
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The Best Poems of the English Language: From Chaucer Through Frost

The Best Poems of the English Language: From Chaucer Through Frost

There are also headnotes by Harold Bloom to every poet in the volume as well as to the most important individual poems. Much more than any other anthology ever gathered, this book provides readers who desire the pleasures of a sublime art with very nearly everything they need in a single volume.
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude: Essays (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude: Essays (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

- Presents the most important 20th-century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature- The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism- Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index-...
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Bloom's Reviews)

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Bloom's Reviews)

Bloom's Reviews are a acclaimed advancement to the standard chapter-by-chapter plot summaries provided by most study guides. Each Review saves a student time by presenting the latest research, from noted literary scholars, in a practical and lucid format, enabling students to concentrate on...
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Mark Twain

Mark Twain

- A biographical and critical review of the world's most important writers- Expert analysis by Harold Bloom- A wealth of information on the writers that are most commonly read in high schools, colleges, and universities
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Toni Morrison's Beloved

Toni Morrison's Beloved

- Comprehensive reading and study guides for the world's most important literary masterpieces- A selection of critical excerpts provide a scholarly overview of each work- The Story Behind the Story places the work in a historical perspective and discusses it legacy- Each book includes a...
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Herman Melville

Herman Melville

Spanning the canon, this accessible series covers those writers most often taught in schools. One of the great American novelists, Herman Melville is best known for his novel
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Mark Twain

Mark Twain

-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writers
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Edward Fitzgerald's The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Edward Fitzgerald's The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

- Presents the most important 20th century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature - The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism - Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and...
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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Each title features: - A selection of the best criticism on the play through the centuries - Introductory essays on the development of criticism on the play in each century - A brief biography of Shakespeare - A plot synopsis, list of characters, and analysis...
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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bloom's Notes)

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bloom's Notes)

On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena).
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Dybbuk and Other Tales of the Supernatural

Dybbuk and Other Tales of the Supernatural

Some want to revolutionize theater. Tony Kushner is that rarity of rarities: a writer who has the promise to do both.” - New York Times “As filtered through Kushner, the play has a deep wistfulness about a flawed but rich culture on the precipice of apocalyptic change, about...
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Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer

This title, Norman Mailer, part of Chelsea House Publishers' Modern Critical Views series, examines the major works of Norman Mailer through full-length critical essays by expert literary critics. In addition, this title features a short biography on Norman Mailer, a chronology of the author's...
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George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-four (Bloom's Notes)

George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-four (Bloom's Notes)

Of course, numerous critical essays from prominent critics offer various views on the novel. This series is edited by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University; Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English, New York University Graduate School.
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Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy

-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writers
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Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native (Modern Critical Interpretations)

Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native (Modern Critical Interpretations)

A collection of eight critical essays on Hardy's novel The Return of the Native arranged in chronological order of publication.
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Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath

-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writers
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Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

A collection of seven critical essays on Sterne's novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gent. arranged in chronological order of publication.
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The Bible

The Bible

-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writers
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Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov

A selection of criticism, arranged in chronological order of publication, devoted to the writings of Vladimir Nabokov.
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William Shakespeare's Hamlet

William Shakespeare's Hamlet

A collection of eight critical essays on Shakespeare's play Hamlet arranged in chronological order of publication from 1951 to the present.
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Stephen King

Stephen King

Though often disparaged by literary critics, his work has influenced an entire generation of horror and science fiction writers, and he was awarded the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. King fans will clamor for this completely updated study...
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Sophocles

Sophocles

A research and study guide for three plays by Sophocles includes plot summaries, lists of characters, and critical views.
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Black American Poets & Dramatists before the Harlem Renaissance (Writers of English)

Black American Poets & Dramatists before the Harlem Renaissance (Writers of English)

-- Covers more than 1,400 of the most important authors who write in English -- Ranges from the author of Beowulf to present-day writers -- Includes writers in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand -- Each volume covers approximately 12 authors...
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Deconstruction and Criticism

Deconstruction and Criticism

Five essential and challenging essays by leading post-modern theorists on the art and nature of interpretation: Jacques Derrida, Harold Bloom, Geoffrey Hartman, Paul de Man, and J. Hillis Miller.
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Bloom's Notes)

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Bloom's Notes)

-- Presents concise, easy-to-understand biographical, critical, and bibliographical information on a specific literary work -- Provides multiple sources for book reports and term papers with a wealth of information on literary works, authors, and major characters -- Digests of...
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Robert Frost

Robert Frost

- A biographical and critical review of the world's most important writers- Expert analysis by Harold Bloom- A wealth of information on the writers that are most commonly read in high schools, colleges, and universities
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Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine

Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine

Jewish Studies, Christian Studies, Religious Studies
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Agon: Towards a Theory of Revisionism

Agon: Towards a Theory of Revisionism

From this theoretical perspective, Bloom re-examines Freud, religious sources of literature, literary modes such as fantasy, and the sequence of American writers that includes Emerson, Whitman, Wallace Stevens, Hart Crane, and John Ashbery. A 1982 National Book Critics Circle nominee.
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Toni Morrison's Beloved

Toni Morrison's Beloved

-- Presents the most important 20th-century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature -- The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism -- Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index
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Modern Black American Poets and Dramatists

Modern Black American Poets and Dramatists

-- Covers more than 1,400 of the most important authors who write in English -- Ranges from the author of Beowulf to present-day writers -- Includes writers in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand -- Each volume covers approximately 12 authors...
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Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night (Modern Critical Interpretations)

Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night (Modern Critical Interpretations)

-- Presents the most important 20th-century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature -- The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism -- Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life,...
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Luigi Pirandello

Luigi Pirandello

A collection of critical essays on the Italian dramatist and his works arranged in chronological order of publication.
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Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writers
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Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

- Presents important and scholarly criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature - The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism - Contains notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index -...
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Bob Feller

Bob Feller

Follows the life of the baseball player Bob Feller from its beginning to his retirement years.
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William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom (Modern Critical Interpretations)

William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom (Modern Critical Interpretations)

A collection of critical essays on Faulkner's novel Absalom, Absalom! arranged in chronological order of publication.
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Modern Fantasy Writers

Modern Fantasy Writers

This volume provides detailed biographies, a wide selection of critical extracts, and comprehensive bibliographies of the fifteen most significant fantasy writers of the mid-twentieth century, including Ray Bradbury, E. R. Eddison, Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Clark Ashton Smith, and J. R. R. Tolkien.
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Macbeth

Macbeth

- Examines the most complex and memorable characters in Western literature - A selection of critical essays provides in-depth analysis of the character considered in each volume - A concise character profile discusses the character's key personality traits and physical attributes ...
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Women Memoirists

Women Memoirists

Each volume covers a range of pre-eminent au thors in their genre, and includes cameo bibliographies, cri tical extracts, and comprehensive and up-to-date bibliograph ies. '
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Bernard Malamud

Bernard Malamud

-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writers
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Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writers
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Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice (Modern Critical Interpretations)

Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice (Modern Critical Interpretations)

-- Presents the most important 20th-century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature -- The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism -- Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life,...
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Shakespeare's Henry IV

Shakespeare's Henry IV

Introducing the Harold Bloom Shakespeare Editions from Riverhead
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Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights (Bloom's Guides)

Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights (Bloom's Guides)

Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, set among the rugged beauty of the English moors, is the tragic and passionate story of Catherine and Heathcliff, two lovers drawn together from the moment they meet. This volume offers an analysis for students seeking insight into this tale praised for its...
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Frankenstein

Frankenstein

- Examines the most complex and memorable characters in Western literature - A selection of critical essays provides in-depth analysis of the character considered in each volume - A concise character profile discusses the character's key personality traits and physical attributes - Contains an...
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William Faulkner

William Faulkner

-- User's guide -- Biography of the short story writer -- List of characters in each story -- Detailed thematic analysis of each short story -- Extracts from major critical essays that discuss important aspects of each work -- A complete bibliography of the writer's works -- A list of critical...
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Black American Poets & Dramatists of the Harlem Renaissance (Writers of English)

Black American Poets & Dramatists of the Harlem Renaissance (Writers of English)

-- Covers more than 1,400 of the most important authors who write in English -- Ranges from the author of Beowulf to present-day writers -- Includes writers in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand -- Each volume covers approximately 12 authors...
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Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart (Modern Critical Interpretations)

Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart (Modern Critical Interpretations)

A critical overview of the work features the writings of Richard Begam, Rhonda Cobham, Emmanuel Edame Egar, Clement Okafor, Richard K. Priebe, and other scholars.
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Eugene O'neill

Eugene O'neill

-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writers
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F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald

-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writers
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's the Great Gatsby (Modern Critical Interpretations)

F. Scott Fitzgerald's the Great Gatsby (Modern Critical Interpretations)

- Presents the most important 20th century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature - The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism - Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and...
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John Irving

John Irving

-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writers
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John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck

Harold Bloom was awarded the 1999 Gold Medal for Belles Lettres and Criticism by the American Academy of Arts and Letters
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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

A collection of critical essays on Shakespeare's comedy of fairies, lovers, and amateur actors in the woods outside Athens, arranged in chronological order of publication.
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Ruin the Sacred Truths: Poetry & Belief from the Bible to the Present

Ruin the Sacred Truths: Poetry & Belief from the Bible to the Present

The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures Bloom surveys with majestic view the literature of the West from the Old Testament to Samuel Beckett. He provocatively rereads the Yahwist (or J) writer, Jeremiah, Job, Jonah, the Iliad , the Aeneid , Dante's Divine...
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Kabbalah and Criticism

Kabbalah and Criticism

While Bloom is appreciated for his originality, range and clarity, less notice has been taken of the remarkable unity that is displayed in his writings from the earlier studies on Shelley, Blake and Romanticism, up to A Map of Misreading . That unity is brilliantly highlighted in ...
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The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew remains one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. The loving battle of the sexes between its protagonists, Kate and Petruchio, is a theme of nearly universal relevance in Western literature.
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Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

Students are taken on an exciting journey of discovery through every scene or chapter. Also included are unique text notes, ideas for term papers, notes on the author's life, as well as a glossary.
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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

-- User's guide -- A comprehensive biography of the poet -- Detailed thematic analysis of each poem -- Extracts from major critical essays that discuss important aspects of each poem -- A complete bibliography of the writer's poetic works -- A list of critical works about the poet and his works...
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Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

- History's greatest playwrights are covered in one set- Expert analyses by Harold Bloom and other notable critics- Ideal for class use- A must for all serious students of literature- Edited by an award-winning writer/educatorEach Volume, Covering Three To Five Plays, Includes: - User's guide-...
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William Golding's Lord of the Flies

William Golding's Lord of the Flies

Each title features: - Critical essays reflecting a variety of schools of criticism - Notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index - An introductory essay by Harold Bloom.
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Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

- Comprehensive reading and study guides for some of the world's most important literary masterpieces - Concise critical excerpts provide a scholarly overview of each work - The Story Behind the Story details the conditions under which the work was written - Each book...
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Charles Dickens's David Copperfield (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

Charles Dickens's David Copperfield (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

-- Presents the most important 20th-century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature -- The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism -- Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life,...
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Geoffrey Chaucer's the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

Geoffrey Chaucer's the General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

-- Presents the most important 20th-century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature -- The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism -- Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life,...
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Contemporary American Success Stories: Famous People of Asian Ancestry, Vol. 1

Contemporary American Success Stories: Famous People of Asian Ancestry, Vol. 1

Lively and entertaining stories bring to life the Asian American experience in the twentieth century.
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Native-American Writers

Native-American Writers

-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writers
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Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Noted for her witty depictions of English country life and sharply satirical views of class structure and human behavior, 19th-century novelist, Jane Austen's works, which include such classics as Emma and Pride and Prejudice, possess a timeless appeal for both general readers and literary...
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Hilda Doolittle

Hilda Doolittle

This title offers a biographical profile of the poet and provides analyses and critical views of her work.
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Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Benito Cereno, & Bartleby the Scrivener (Bloom's Notes)

Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Benito Cereno, & Bartleby the Scrivener (Bloom's Notes)

Along with a collection of some of the best criticism available on his work, this text includes a brief biography of the author, structural and thematic analysis, an index of themes and ideas, and more. This series is edited by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University;...
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Henry James

Henry James

-- User's guide -- Biography of the short story writer -- List of characters in each story -- Detailed thematic analysis of each short story -- Extracts from major critical essays that discuss important aspects of each work -- A complete...
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Honore De Balzac

Honore De Balzac

-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writersLa Comedie Humaine, Balzac's...
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Michel De Montaigne's Essays (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

Michel De Montaigne's Essays (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

Essays to help you understand and appreciate the works of Michel de Montaigne.
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Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud

-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writers
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Short Story Writers And Short Stories

Short Story Writers And Short Stories

Read Bloom's considerations on those writers who shaped the art of the short story; Guy de Maupassant, Edgar Allan Poe, and Sherwood Anderson to name a few. Ages 16+.
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As You Like It

As You Like It

Shakespeare's romantic comedy, As You Like It sets up a number of dualities, exposing the complex relationships that exist between romance and realism, nobleman and commoner, and male and female. This study guide contains a selection of criticism through the centuries on As You Like It.
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Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Works analyzed in this volume include The Marble Faun, The Blithedale Romance, and The Scarlet Letter. This title, Nathaniel Hawthorne, part of Chelsea House Publishers’ Modern Critical Views series, examines the major works of Nathaniel Hawthorne through full-length critical essays by expert...
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Virgil's Aeneid (Modern Critical Interpretations)

Virgil's Aeneid (Modern Critical Interpretations)

A collection of six critical essays on Virgil's epic poem, arranged in chronological order of original publication.
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Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle (Modern Critical Interpretations)

Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle (Modern Critical Interpretations)

A critical overview of the work features the writings of Terry Southern, William S. Doxey, Jerome Klinkowitz, Richard Giannone, John L. Simons, James Lundquist, and other scholars. - After the bomb, Dad came up with ice / Terry Southern - Vonnegut's Cat's cradle / William S....
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Yeats

Yeats

In what has become a classic work of literary criticism, award-winning critic Harold Bloom breaks new ground with his radical interpretation of Yeats' relationship to the English Romantic tradition. Yeats tells the continuous story of the lifelong influence of Shelley, Blake, and the Romantic...
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Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Benito Cereno, Bartleby the Scrivener & Other Tales (Modern Critical Interpretations)

Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Benito Cereno, Bartleby the Scrivener & Other Tales (Modern Critical Interpretations)

Each Modern Critical Interpretations volume opens with an introductory essay and editor's note by Harold Bloom and includes a bibliography, a chronology of the author's life and works, and notes on the contributors. Taken together, Modern Critical Interpretations ...
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Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin

Initially known for her short stories and articles, Kate Chopin was considered to be little more than a regional writer. Published in 1899, her second novel, The Awakening, received little attention until the 1950s.
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Geoffrey Chaucer's The Pardoner's Tale

Geoffrey Chaucer's The Pardoner's Tale

A collection of nine critical essays on Chaucer's The Pardoner's Tale arranged in chronological order of publication.
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Eudora Welty

Eudora Welty

A life-long resident of Jackson, Mississippi, Welty explored the complexities of human relationships over the course of her writing career and won the Pulitzer Prize for The Optimist's Daughter in 1973. Ages 15+.
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Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller

-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writers
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H.D.

H.D.

explored loss of faith in old systems of belief and knowledge and new modes if modernity later in her career. This text examines poems such as Orchard, Fragment 113, Helen, and others through some of the best critics of the author.
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Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

Miss Lonelyhearts takes to sickness for relief until his gruff editor, Shrike, tells him to get over it and turn to Christ, the Miss Lonelyhearts of Miss Lonelyhearts. This advice propels Miss Lonelyhearts into a period of soul-searching that sends him to both the church and the bottle.
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Isaac Babel

Isaac Babel

With a biography of the author, character details, a thematic analysis of each short story, criticism and detailed bibliographies, this volume offers a comprehensive introduction to the short stories of Isaac Babel.
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Herman Melville

Herman Melville

Harold Bloom was awarded the 1999 Gold Medal for Belles Lettres and Criticism by the American Academy of Arts and Letters
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Women Writers of Children's Literature (Women Writers of English)

Women Writers of Children's Literature (Women Writers of English)

-- Covers 200 of the most important women writers of English -- Groups authors culturally and by genre, from 18th-century diarists to new writers of experimental prose -- Each volume covers approximately 15 authors and includes a concise biography, a selection of critical extracts,...
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Stendhal

Stendhal

Stendhal's work is examined in this volume of Bloom's Major Novelists, including his The Red and the Black and The Charterhouse of Parma. Also included in this text is a list of works by and about Stendhal.
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Emile Zola

Emile Zola

Leader of the 19th-century naturalist movement in France, Zola's major works include Germinal and Nana, both part of the Rougon-Macquert Cycle.
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Sophocles' Oedipus Trilogy (Bloom's Notes)

Sophocles' Oedipus Trilogy (Bloom's Notes)

In his introduction Harold Bloom states, All three plays abound in ambiguities, pragmatically in ironies, but the irony or ambiguous wordplay of any one of them is not at all that of the other two. Study the Oedipus plays with the numerous critical essays in this text.
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William Shakespeare's King Lear (Bloom's Reviews)

William Shakespeare's King Lear (Bloom's Reviews)

Harold Bloom calls King Lear the unique eminence in the world's literary world. This new edition is perfect for high school and college students doing in-depth study on this work of the Bard.
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José Saramago

José Saramago

- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights - Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world--from the English medievalists to contemporary writers - Introductory essay by Harold Bloom
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Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

-- Presents the most important 20th-century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature -- The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism -- Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life,...
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W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois

Examines the author's literary works through critical essays, and discusses how his essays and works of fiction reflect his philosophies and political views.
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Katherine Anne Porter

Katherine Anne Porter

-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writers
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Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis

The title, Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis, part of Chelsea House Publishers' Modern Critical Interpretations series, presents the most important 20th-century criticism on Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis through extracts of critical essays by well-known literary critics. This collection of...
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The Paris Review Interviews: vol. 2

The Paris Review Interviews: vol. 2

From William Faulkner's determination that a great novel takes ninety-nine percent talent . .
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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

Offers a brief biography of Thomas Hardy and discusses the plot, characters, and themes of Far from the Madding Crowd, The Return of the Native, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, and Jude the Obscure..
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Franz Kafka's the Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka's the Metamorphosis

Each title features: - Critical essays reflecting a variety of schools of criticism - Notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index - An introductory essay by Harold Bloom.
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Saul Bellow's Herzog (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

Saul Bellow's Herzog (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)

A collection of seven critical essays on the Bellow novel, arranged in chronological order of their original publication.
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Robert Frost

Robert Frost

-- Brings together the best criticism on the most widely read poets, novelists, and playwrights -- Presents complex critical portraits of the most influential writers in the English-speaking world -- from the English medievalists to contemporary writers
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Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann

The genius of Thomas Mann is seen in his ability to transform his pervasive irony into a thousand things. Irony in Mann is a composite metaphor for all of his ambivalence towards both self and society.
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (Bloom's Guides)

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (Bloom's Guides)

Along with a collection of some of the best criticism available on his work, this text includes a brief biography of the author, structural and thematic analysis, an index of themes and ideas, and more. This series is edited by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University;...
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Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds

Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds

From the Bible to Ralph Ellison, America's most prominent and bestselling literary critic takes an enlightening look at the concept of genius through the ages in a celebration of the greatest creative writers of all time. 50 photos.
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Omens of the Millenium

Omens of the Millenium

The author of The Book of J explores the origins and significance of angels, symbolic dreams, and near-death experiences, showing how the contemporary interest in them is a basic aspect of humanity. QPB & One Spirit Alt.
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A Dybbuk and Other Tales of the Supernatural

A Dybbuk and Other Tales of the Supernatural

Upon God's recanting of the edict, the emperor concurs, and all is well again. The Creation Melody is a the folktale of a song performed for completion of structures.
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George Orwell

George Orwell

Each title features: - A complex critical portrait of one of the most influential writers in the world - An introductory essay by Harold Bloom.
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Anxiety of Influence

Anxiety of Influence

Harold Bloom's The Anxiety of Influence has cast its own long shadow of influence since it was first published in 1973. Through an insightful study of Romantic poets, Bloom puts forth his central vision of the relations between tradition and the individual artist.
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Shakespeare's King Lear

Shakespeare's King Lear

[Lear] is the most awesome of all the poet's originals. No one else in Shakespeare is so legitimate a representation of supreme authority.
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Kite Runner

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Winter, 1975: Afghanistan, a country on the verge of an internal coup. 12-year-old Amir is desperate to win the approval of his father, one of the richest merchants in Kabul. He's failed to do so through academia or brawn but the one area they connect is the annual kite fighting tournament.