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Bloom, Harold.
Publication Information:
Broomall, PA : Chelsea House Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
77 pages ; 23 cm.
Includes information about the author of "Beowulf, " thematic and structural analysis of the work, critical views, and an index of themes and ideas.
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"Comprehensive research & study guides."
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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 improving their knowledge and understanding of the work in question.

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)



Composed about 1000 CE, Beowulf is the longest known poem written in Old English. Considered one of the great epics, the Anglo-Saxon saga relates the heroic deeds of the warrior Beowulf, who kills the man-eating monster Grendel and the monster's mother. Replete with monsters, quests, and acts of bravery and containing touches of Christian and pagan symbolism, Beowulf stands as the precursor to medieval and Renaissance literature. It also influenced J.R.R. Tolkien, and helped spawn the fantasy genre so popular today in literature and film. Arm students for immersion in the study of this mythic adventure with Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations. Newly updated, Beowulf includes full-length, interpretive essays that provide expert commentary, as well as introductions, a chronology, notes on the contributors, and a bibliography. Excerpted from Beowulf 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

Introductionp. 7
The Story Behind the Storyp. 9
List of Charactersp. 11
Summary and Analysisp. 13
Critical Viewsp. 27
J.R.R. Tolkien on Poetic Structurep. 27
Joan Blomfield on Stylep. 32
Stanley B. Greenfield on the Epic Qualityp. 37
Edward B. Irving, Jr. on Negative Definitionsp. 43
T.A. Shippey on Symbols in the World of the Poemp. 62
James W. Earl on the Gold Hoardp. 67
David Williams on Cain's Progenyp. 69
Linda Georgianna on Beowulf's Speech before the Dragon Fightp. 72
Susanne Weil on Free Willp. 80
Paul Dean on History and the Passage of Timep. 86
Thomas A. Prendergast on Memory and the Idolatrous Pleasures of Heroic Poetryp. 95
Bibliographyp. 102
Contributorsp. 106
Acknowledgmentsp. 108
Indexp. 110