Harold Bloom (July 11, 1930 – October 14, 2019) was an American literary critic and the Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University. In 2017, Bloom was described as "probably the most famous literary critic in the English-speaking world." Following the publication of his first book in 1959, Bloom wrote more than 50 books, 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. Bloom's books have been translated into more than 40 languages. Bloom was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1995.
|Born||July 11, 1930|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||October 14, 2019 89) (aged|
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
|Occupation||Literary critic, writer, professor|
|Education||Cornell University (BA)|
Yale University (MA, PhD)
Pembroke College, Cambridge
|Literary movement||Aestheticism, Romanticism|
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). He was educated at Yale University, the University of Cambridge, and Cornell University.