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Bloom, Harold (1930-)


Subject Literature

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631207535.1997.x


American literary theorist and critic. One of the most influential and widely read living theorists of P oetry , Bloom is an extraordinarily prolific, individualistic, and controversial writer and editor. Like many other North American theorists who came into prominence during the second half of the twentieth century, Bloom did his early work on English Romanticism (see R omantic studies ). His writing falls roughly into four groups: (i) a series of studies in Romantic poetry: Shelley's Mythmaking (1959), The Visionary Company (1961), Blake's Apocalypse (1963), and the commentary and annotations for The Poetry and Prose of William Blake, edited by David Erdman (1965); (ii) six books on the theory of poetry: The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry (1973), A Map of Misreading (1975b), Kabbalah and Criticism (1975a), Poetry and Repression (1976), Agon: Towards a Theory of Revisionism (1982), and The Breaking of the Vessels (1982); (iii) studies in the modernist inheritance of Romanticism and its transformation into “the American Sublime”: Yeats’ “A Vision” (1972), Figures of Capable Imagination (1976), and Wallace Stevens: The Poems of Our Climate (1977); and (iv) the Chelsea House series of literally several hundred volumes of criticism on major writers and texts, each volume selected, edited, and introduced by Bloom. This final project may be the most ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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