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Bloom, Harold

Born: 1930 AD
Currently alive, at 85 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Writers


1930 - Born on July 11th in New York, New York. American literary critic known for his innovative interpretations of literary history and of the creation of literature.

1951-1955 - Bloom attended Cornell (B.A.) and Yale (Ph.D.) universities and began teaching at Yale.

1961-1971 - His early books, The Visionary Company: A Reading of English Romantic Poetry and The Ringers in the Tower: Studies in Romantic Tradition, explore the Romantic tradition from its beginnings in the 18th century to its influence on such late 20th-century poets as A.R. Ammons and Allen Ginsburg.

1973-1975 - In The Anxiety of Influence and A Map of Misreading, Bloom proposed one of his most original theories: that poetry results from poets deliberately misreading the works that influence them.

1976 - Figures of Capable Imagination expands upon this theme.

1990 - His most controversial work appeared in his commentary on The Book of J, published with David Rosenberg's translations of selected sections of the Pentateuch.


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