How to Read and Why

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Simon and Schuster, 2 ott 2001 - 283 pagine
Information is endlessly available to us; where shall wisdom be found?" is the crucial question with which renowned literary critic Harold Bloom begins this impassioned book on the pleasures and benefits of reading well. For more than forty years, Bloom has transformed college students into lifelong readers with his unrivaled love for literature. Now, at a time when faster and easier electronic media threatens to eclipse the practice of reading, Bloom draws on his experience as critic, teacher, and prolific reader to plumb the great books for their sustaining wisdom.
Shedding all polemic, Bloom addresses the solitary reader, who, he urges, should read for the purest of all reasons: to discover and augment the self. His ultimate faith in the restorative power of literature resonates on every page of this infinitely rewarding and important book.
 

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Professor Bloom is sometimes pooh-poohed for his support of the Western Canon, but for those not immersed in the humanities, the book is likely to be a signpost to a deeper understanding of literature ... Leggi recensione completa

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Recensione dell'utente  - amanda4242 - LibraryThing

As erudite and unapologetically snobby as I expected. I probably would have been better off reading the books Bloom discusses, but that may have been his point. Leggi recensione completa

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Preface
19
Short Stories
31
Guy de Maupassant
42
Flannery OConnor
51
Vladimir Nabokov
54
Tommaso Landolfi
60
Poems
69
Robert Browning
79
Great Expectations
162
The Portrait of a Lady
173
In Search of Lost Time
181
The Magic Mountain
187
Summary Observations
193
Plays
199
Hedda Gabler
218
The Importance of Being Earnest
224

Walt Whitman
88
Dickinson Bronte Popular Ballads and Tom OBedlam
94
William Shakespeare
110
John Milton
116
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
124
Summary Observations
138
Don Quixote
145
Emma
156
Summary Observations
231
As I Lay Dying
239
Miss Lonelyhearts
245
Blood Meridian
254
Invisible Man
263
Song of Solomon
269
Completing the Work
277
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Informazioni sull'autore (2001)

Harold Bloom is Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, Berg Professor of English at New York University, and a former Charles Eliot Norton Professor at Harvard. His more than twenty books include Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, The Western Canon, The Book of J, and his most recent work, Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages. He is a MacArthur Prize fellow; a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the recipient of many awards, including the Academy's Gold Medal for Criticism; and he holds honorary degrees from the universities of Rome and Bologna.

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