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Bloom, Harold.
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Broomall, PA : Chelsea House Publishers, [2001]

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87 pages ; 24 cm.
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PA4037.Z5 H65 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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-- 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 -- An index of themes and ideas in the author's work

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)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-To offer students such delicious meals (Homer and Homeric criticism) cooked down to pabulum is offensive. This slim research and study guide, which includes biographical data, thematic analyses of both The Iliad and The Odyssey, and a couple of bibliographies, tries to be intellectual and nonreader compliant at the same time. It begins with a promising introduction but whatever value it may have quickly evaporates into some kind of quasi-watered-down reference work. Are there actually students capable of following "Andrew Ford on Poetry and Belatedness" or "W. B. Stanford on the Ambiguity of the Odysseus Figure" even in these predigested forms, but incapable of following the basic plot of Homer's epics? Recommend the "Modern Critical Views" series (Chelsea) or the "Twentieth Century Views" (Prentice Hall) to students who want analytical articles in one volume.-Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Though the true identity of Homer is a mystery--it has been suggested Homer could be one man, two, or even the name of a school of bards--Bloom calls Homer's work nothing short of genius. This edition studies both The Iliad and The Odyssey. Excerpted from Homer by Harold Bloom 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.