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William Faulkner
Bloom, Harold.
Publication Information:
Philadelphia, PA : Chelsea House Publishers, [2000]

Physical Description:
79 pages ; 24 cm.
Biography of William Faulkner -- Plot summary of Light in August -- List of characters in Light in August -- Critical views on Light in August: -- John Lewis Longley Jr. on Edenic allegory in Light in August -- Michael Millgate on Joe Christmas as a sacrifical victim -- Peter Swiggart on religion and racial violence in Light in August -- Franc̦ois Pitavy on Faulkner's use of light and color -- Alan Warren Friedman on character identity in Light in August -- Cleanth Brooks on Lena Grove's symbolism -- Judith Bryant Wittenberg on women in Light in August -- Virginia V. James Hlavsa on Faulkner's use of mythology -- Plot summary of The sound and the fury -- List of characters in The sound and the fury -- Critical views on The sound and the fury: -- Richard P. Adams: the central character in The sound and the fury -- Linda W. Wagner: Caddy Compson's importance to Benjy -- Eric J. Sundquist: the myth of Caddy Compson -- Kenzaburo Ohashi: character types in Faulkner's novels -- David Dowling: the contradictions of Quentin Compson -- Karl F. Zender: teaching and learning in The sound and the fury -- Minrose C. Gwin: Caddy's presence in male discourse -- Noel Polk: the mechanics of language in The sound and the fury -- Michael Millgate: Quentin Compson as a recurring character -- Plot summary of Absalom, Absalom! -- List of characters in Absalom, Absalom! -- Critical views on Absalom, Absalom!: -- Michael Millgate: Quentin Compson's Southern identity -- Joseph Gold: morality in Absalom, Absalom! -- Panthea Reid Broughton: objectification in Faulkner's novels -- Linda Kauffman: female anger in Absalom, Absalom! -- Walter Taylor: Clytie's secret -- Linda Wagner-Martin: Rosa Coldfield's rage -- Robert Dale Parker: the history behind Absalom, Absalom! -- Deborah Clarke: fantastic women and notmothers in Absalom Absalom!
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Harold Bloom was awarded the 1999 Gold Medal for Belles Lettres and Criticism by the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Author Notes

Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955.

After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts.

His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible.

(Bowker Author Biography)



John Steinbeck stands as one of the most popular and widely read novelists in America. The winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962, he wrote such classics as The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, The Red Pony, and East of Eden. Literary scholar Harold Bloom introduces this collection of new critical essays about this acclaimed author. Excerpted from John Steinbeck All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Frederic I. CarpenterStuart L. BurnsHorst GroeneJames D. BraschFloyd C. WatkinsDonald PizerLouis OwensStephen RailtonWarren FrenchJohn H. TimmermanLouis OwensAbby H. P. WerlockJay Parini on InfluencesBrian E. RailsbackRobert DemottJames C. KelleySamuel I. BellmanMichael W. ShurgotLouis OwensAnne LoftisWilliam GoldhurstMark SpilkaJean EmeryLeland S. Person Jr.
User's Guidep. 7
Editor's Notep. 8
Introductionp. 9
Biography of John Steinbeckp. 10
Plot Summary of The Grapes of Wrathp. 13
List of Characters in The Grapes of Wrathp. 17
Critical Views on The Grapes of Wrath
The Group vs. the Individualp. 19
The Novel's Endingp. 21
The Dispossessed Farmerp. 23
Old Testament Skepticismp. 24
Steinbeck's Inconsistenciesp. 26
The Enduring Power of the Joadsp. 27
The Search for Edenp. 29
The Joads and Their Oppressorsp. 30
Plot Summary of In Dubious Battlep. 33
List of Characters in In Dubious Battlep. 38
Critical Views on In Dubious Battle
Naturalism and the Novel's Charactersp. 40
The Novel's Historical Backgroundp. 41
Man and Belongingp. 43
Jim Nolan's Motherp. 44
In Dubious Battlep. 46
Motivation of the Novel's Charactersp. 47
Californiap. 49
Steinbeck's Concept of Phalanxp. 51
Plot Summary of Of Mice and Menp. 53
List of Characters in Of Mice and Menp. 57
Critical Views on Of Mice and Men
Lenny, Control, and Freedomp. 58
Symbolic Card Gamesp. 59
The Novel's Eden Mythp. 61
The Characters of the Novelp. 63
The Curse of Cainp. 65
Steinbeck's Treatment of Curley's Wifep. 67
Misogyny in Of Mice and Menp. 69
The Dream of a Male Utopiap. 71
Works by John Steinbeckp. 73
Works about John Steinbeckp. 75
Index of Themes and Ideasp. 78