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Publisher's Summary

In his first book devoted exclusively to narrative fiction, America's most original and controversial literary critic and legendary Yale professor writes trenchantly about 52 masterworks spanning the Western tradition.

Perhaps no other literary critic but Harold Bloom could - or would - undertake a project of this immensity. And certainly no other critic could bring to it the extraordinary knowledge, understanding, and insight that are the hallmark of Bloom's every book. Ranging across centuries and continents, this final book of his career gives us the inimitable critic on Don Quixote and Book of Numbers; Wuthering Heights and Absalom, Absalom; Les Miserables and Blood Meridian; Vanity Fair and Invisible Man; The Captain's Daughter and The Reef. He writes about works by Austen, Balzac, Dickens, Tolstoy, James, Conrad, Lawrence, Wolff, Le Guin, Sebald, and many more. Whether you have already read or listened to these books, or intend to, or simply care about the importance and power of fiction, Harold Bloom serves as an unparalleled guide through these 52 masterpieces of the genre.

©2020 Harold Bloom (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fresh insights and renewed joys... fervent... dedicated... [Bloom] candidly analyzes what he considers a novel’s shortcomings and where he differs with other critics’ assessments. [His] ardent celebration of novels is tinged with the inevitable losses of old age... Warm recollections of a singular literary life." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • J. J. Kuzma
  • 10-09-2021

Classic Bloom, but a curious reading of him

If you enjoy the ramblings of Harold Bloom at the end of his years, as I do, then you’ll enjoy this book. The narration, however, is quite jarring for the frequency of mispronunciations. Was there an editor overseeing this production? Anyone who seeks out a Harold Bloom audiobook is going to know the correct pronunciation of (to cite only a few I recall now,) such names as Gide, Cuchulain, Rimbaud and Mann. I even heard the word “treatise” pronounced “tree-teese.” Quality control was not a priority with this production.

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