Harold Bloom

Harold Bloom (July 11, 1930 – October 14, 2019) was an American literary critic and the Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University.[1] In 2017, Bloom was described as "probably the most famous literary critic in the English-speaking world."[2] Following the publication of his first book in 1959, Bloom wrote more than 50 books,[3] including over 40 books of literary criticism, several books discussing religion, and a novel. During his lifetime, he edited hundreds of anthologies concerning numerous literary and philosophical figures for the Chelsea House publishing firm.[4][5] Bloom's books have been translated into more than 40 languages. Bloom was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1995.[6]

Harold Bloom
Bloom in 1986
Born(1930-07-11)July 11, 1930
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 14, 2019(2019-10-14) (aged 89)
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
OccupationLiterary critic, writer, professor
EducationCornell University (BA)
Yale University (MA, PhD)
Pembroke College, Cambridge
Literary movementAestheticism, Romanticism
Years active1955–2019
Jeanne Gould
(m. 1958)

Bloom was a defender of the traditional Western canon at a time when literary departments were focusing on what he derided as the "school of resentment" (multiculturalists, feminists, Marxists, and others).[7][8] He was educated at Yale University, the University of Cambridge, and Cornell University.

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