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Harold Bloom

American literary critic, scholar, and writer

1930   -   2019

movement: aestheticism, Romanticism
country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: Yale University, Cornell University, The Bronx High School of Science
occupation: literary historian, writer, professor, literary critic, journalist
award received: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, MacArthur Fellows Program, Catalonia International Prize, John Addison Porter Prize, Sterling Professor
student of: M. H. Abrams
influenced by: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Samuel Johnson

Harold Bloom (July 11, 1930 – October 14, 2019) was an American literary critic and the Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University. He is often cited as the most influential critic of the late 20th century. Following the publication of his first book in 1959, Bloom wrote more than 50 books, including 20 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 a defender of the traditional Western canon at a time when literary departments were focusing on what he derided as the "literature of resentment" (multiculturalists, feminists, Marxists, neoconservatives, and others). He was educated at Yale University, the University of Cambridge, and Cornell University.
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