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Italo Calvino
Bloom, Harold.
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Philadelphia : Chelsea House Publishers, [2002]

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100 pages ; 24 cm.
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PQ4809.A45 Z7493 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The ideal aids to all students, Bloom's Major Short Story Writers are definitive guides for independent study and a single source for footnoting essays and research papers. Each volume includes: Editor's notes and an introduction; Author's biography; Plot summary; Extracts and major critical essays; Extensive bibliography; Index of themes and ideas

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-Though its audience is probably limited, this slim, but enlightening volume will be of great use to readers curious about Calvino and his work. It includes eight extremely well-written essays by the likes of Gore Vidal and Seamus Heaney, arranged in a chronological sequence spanning Calvino's career, along with Bloom's insightful and occasionally beautiful, if somewhat daunting, introduction. There is something mournful, almost elegiac in Bloom's writing that may make it seem incomprehensible to this book's intended audience. However, this is a book for the rare group of intellectually eager readers desperate for a taste of that dark, heady, bitter brew art sometimes makes of life-or, in Bloom's case, that life sometimes makes of art.-Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



It is difficult to find a modern author writing in Italian more revered than Italo Calvino. Most critics choose to view his fantasies not as escapes from reality but as alternate ways to perceive it. Works studied in this text include Invisible Cities, The Cloven Viscount, The Baron in the Trees, and The Nonexistent Knight. Excerpted from Italo Calvino 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.