Now award-winning writer and beloved professor Harold Bloom investigates Iago’s motives and unthinkable actions with razor-sharp insight, agility, and compassion. Denied the promotion he believes he deserves, Iago takes vengeance on Othello and destroys him. From one of the greatest shakespeare scholars of our time, Harold Bloom presents Othello’s Iago, perhaps the Bard’s most compelling villain—the fourth in a series of five short books about the great playwright’s most significant personalities.
Iago: The Strategies of Evil Shakespeare's Personalities Book 4 #ad - Few antagonists in all of literature have displayed the ruthless cunning and deceit of Iago. There are few readers more astute than Bloom” Publishers Weekly, and his Iago is a provocative study for our time. He delivers exhilarating intimacy and clarity in these pages, writing about his shifting understanding—over the course of his own lifetime—of this endlessly compelling figure, so that Iago also becomes an extraordinarily moving argument for literature as a path to and a measure of our humanity.
. One of william shakespeare’s most provocative and culturally relevant plays, Othello is widely studied for its complex and enduring themes of race and racism, betrayal, trust, love, and repentance.
Lear: The Great Image of Authority Shakespeare's Personalities Book 3Scribner #ad - He also explores his own personal relationship to the character: just as we encounter one Anna Karenina or Jay Gatsby when we are seventeen and another when we are forty, Bloom writes about his shifting understanding—over the course of his own lifetime—of this endlessly compelling figure, so that the book also becomes an extraordinarily moving argument for literature as a path to and a measure of our humanity.
The aged, abused monarch—a man in his eighties, like Bloom himself—is at once the consummate figure of authority and the classic example of the fall from grace and widely agreed to be Shakespeare’s most moving, tragic hero. From one of the greatest shakespeare scholars of our time, a beloved professor who has taught the bard for over half a century—an intimate, deeply compelling portrait of Lear, wise, arguably Shakespeare’s most tragic and compelling character, the third in a series of five short books hailed as Harold Bloom’s “last love letter to the shaping spirit of his imagination” The New York Times Book Review.
Lear: The Great Image of Authority Shakespeare's Personalities Book 3 #ad - King lear is one of the most famous and compelling characters in literature. Now he brings that insight to his “measured, thoughtful assessment of a key play in the Shakespeare canon” Kirkus Reviews. Award-winning writer and beloved professor Harold Bloom writes about Lear with wisdom, joy, exuberance, and compassion.
Bloom is mesmerizing in the classroom, wrestling with the often tragic choices Shakespeare’s characters make. Lear is a “short, superb book that has a depth of observation acquired from a lifetime of study” Publishers Weekly.
Cleopatra: I Am Fire and Air Shakespeare's Personalities Book 2Scribner #ad - From harold bloom, comes an intimate, one of the greatest shakespeare scholars of our time, wise, deeply compelling portrait of Cleopatra—one of the Bard’s most riveting and memorable female characters—in “a masterfully perceptive reading of this seductive play’s endless wonders” Kirkus Reviews.
Cleopatra is one of the most famous women in history—and thanks to Shakespeare, one of the most intriguing personalities in literature. With cleopatra, “bloom brings considerable expertise and his own unique voice to this book” Publishers Weekly, delivering exhilarating clarity and inviting us to look at this character as a flawed human who might be living in our world.
Award-winning writer and beloved professor Harold Bloom writes about Cleopatra with wisdom, exuberance, joy, and compassion. Cleopatra is supremely vexing, tragic, and complex. The result is an invaluable resource from our greatest literary critic. She has fascinated readers and audiences for centuries and has been played by the greatest actresses of their time, from Elizabeth Taylor to Vivien Leigh to Janet Suzman to Judi Dench.
Cleopatra: I Am Fire and Air Shakespeare's Personalities Book 2 #ad - . She is lover of marc antony, and, perhaps most enduringly, defender of Egypt, a champion of life. He also explores his own personal relationship to the character: Just as we encounter one Anna Karenina or Jay Gatsby when we are in high school and college and another when we are adults, Bloom explains his shifting understanding of Cleopatra over the course of his own lifetime.
Bloom is mesmerizing in the classroom, wrestling with the often tragic choices Shakespeare’s characters make.
Macbeth: A Dagger of the Mind Shakespeare's Personalities Book 5Scribner #ad - From the greatest shakespeare scholar of our time, iago, lear, cleopatra, one of William Shakespeare’s most complex and compelling anti-heroes—the final volume in a series of five short books about the great playwright’s most significant personalities: Falstaff, comes a portrait of Macbeth, Macbeth.
From the ambitious and mad titular character to his devilish wife lady macbeth to the moral and noble Banquo to the mysterious Three Witches, performed in innovative productions set in a vast array of times and locations, Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare’s more brilliantly populated plays and remains among the most widely read, from Nazi Germany to Revolutionary Cuba.
Bloom is mesmerizing in the classroom, wrestling with the often tragic choices Shakespeare’s characters make. Award-winning writer and beloved professor Harold Bloom investigates Macbeth’s interiority and unthinkable actions with razor-sharp insight, agility, and compassion. He delivers that kind of exhilarating intimacy and clarity in Macbeth, the final book in an essential series.
He also explores his own personal relationship to the character: just as we encounter one Anna Karenina or Jay Gatsby when we are seventeen and another when we are forty, Bloom writes about his shifting understanding—over the course of his own lifetime—of this endlessly compelling figure, so that the book also becomes an extraordinarily moving argument for literature as a path to and a measure of our humanity.
Macbeth: A Dagger of the Mind Shakespeare's Personalities Book 5 #ad - A man consumed with ambition and self-doubt, Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most vital meditations on the dangerous corners of the human imagination. Macbeth is a distinguished warrior hero, transforms into a brutal, who over the course of the play, murderous villain and pays an extraordinary price for committing an evil act.
Falstaff: Give Me Life Shakespeare's Personalities Book 1Scribner #ad - He uses the relationship between Falstaff and Hal to explore the devastation of severed bonds and the heartbreak of betrayal. From harold bloom, the new york times book review and an intimate, wise, one of the greatest Shakespeare scholars of our time comes “a timely reminder of the power and possibility of words and the last love letter to the shaping spirit of Bloom’s imagination” front page, deeply compelling portrait of Falstaff—Shakespeare’s greatest enduring and complex comedic characters.
Falstaff is both a comic and tragic central protagonist in Shakespeare’s three Henry plays: Henry IV, Parts One and Two, and Henry V. Award-winning author and esteemed professor Harold Bloom writes about Falstaff with the deepest compassion and sympathy and also with unerring wisdom. Just as we encounter one type of anna karenina or Jay Gatsby when we are young adults and another when we are middle-aged, Bloom writes about his own shifting understanding of Falstaff over the course of his lifetime.
He is companion to prince hal the future henry V, and commits all sorts of mischief with him—some innocent, goads, teases him, indulges his vast appetites, him, who loves him, some cruel. Ultimately we come away with a deeper appreciation of this profoundly complex character, and this “poignant work” Publishers Weekly, starred review as a whole becomes an extraordinarily moving argument for literature as a path to and a measure of our humanity.
Falstaff: Give Me Life Shakespeare's Personalities Book 1 #ad - In this first of five books about shakespearean personalities, Bloom brings erudition and boundless enthusiasm” Kirkus Reviews, starred review and his exhilarating Falstaff invites us to look at a character as a flawed human who might live in our world. Falstaff can be lewd, and in the end, funny, careless of others, an unreliable friend, a bad creditor, devastatingly reckless in his presumption of loyalty from the new King.
Possessed by Memory: The Inward Light of CriticismKnopf #ad - My other concern is religious, in the widest sense. And though he has written before about some of these authors, written in the winter of his life, these exegeses, are movingly informed by "the freshness of last things. As bloom writes movingly: "One of my concerns throughout Possessed by Memory is with the beloved dead.
This also involves a knowledge of God and gods. Johnson; spenser and milton to wordsworth and keats; whitman and Browning to Joyce and Proust; Tolstoy and Yeats to Delmore Schwartz and Amy Clampitt; Blake to Wallace Stevens--and so much more. Most of my good friends in my generation have departed. I see imaginative literature as a kind of theurgy in which the divine is summoned, maintained, and augmented.
". Here, instead, in a memoir of sorts--an inward journey from childhood to ninety--Bloom argues elegiacally with nobody but Bloom, interested only in the influence of the mind upon itself when it absorbs the highest and most enduring imaginative literature. I listen not only for their voices but also for the voice I heard before the world was made.
Possessed by Memory: The Inward Light of Criticism #ad - I find that they are woven into what I read. He offers more than eighty meditations on poems and prose that have haunted him since childhood and which he has possessed by memory: from the Psalms and Ecclesiastes to Shakespeare and Dr. In arguably his most personal and lasting book, America's most daringly original and controversial critic gives us brief, luminous readings of more than eighty texts by canonical authors-- texts he has had by heart since childhood.
Tyrant: Shakespeare on PoliticsW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Brilliant, beautifully organized, exceedingly readable. Philip rothworld-renowned Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt explores the playwright’s insight into bad and often mad rulers. Examining the psyche—and psychoses—of the likes of richard III, and Coriolanus, Macbeth, Lear, Greenblatt illuminates the ways in which William Shakespeare delved into the lust for absolute power and the disasters visited upon the societies over which these characters rule.
Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics #ad - Tyrant shows that shakespeare’s work remains vitally relevant today, not least in its probing of the unquenchable, narcissistic appetites of demagogues and the self-destructive willingness of collaborators who indulge them.
How the Classics Made Shakespeare E. H. Gombrich Lecture Series Book 3Princeton University Press #ad - At the heart of the book is an argument that Shakespeare’s supreme valuation of the force of imagination was honed by the classical tradition and designed as a defense of poetry and theater in a hostile world of emergent Puritanism. Rounded off with a fascinating account of how shakespeare became our modern classic and has ended up playing much the same role for us as the Greek and Roman classics did for him, accessibility, and scholarship, How the Classics Made Shakespeare combines stylistic brilliance, demonstrating why Jonathan Bate is one of our most eminent and readable literary critics.
He worked in a theatrical profession that had inherited the conventions and forms of classical drama, and he read deeply in Ovid, Virgil, and Seneca. From one of our most eminent and accessible literary critics, a groundbreaking account of how the Greek and Roman classics forged Shakespeare’s imaginationBen Jonson famously accused Shakespeare of having “small Latin and less Greek.
How the Classics Made Shakespeare E. H. Gombrich Lecture Series Book 3 #ad - But he was exaggerating. Shakespeare was steeped in the classics. Shaped by his grammar school education in Roman literature, he moved to London, and rhetoric, history, a city that modeled itself on ancient Rome. In a book of extraordinary range, offers groundbreaking insights into how, one of the world’s leading authorities on Shakespeare, perhaps more than any other influence, acclaimed literary critic and biographer Jonathan Bate, the classics made Shakespeare the writer he became.
Revealing in new depth the influence of cicero and Horace on Shakespeare and finding new links between him and classical traditions, ranging from myths and magic to monuments and politics, Bate offers striking new readings of a wide array of the plays and poems.
The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American SublimeSpiegel & Grau #ad - . Radiant. Praise for the Daemon Knows“Enrapturing. Now he turns at long last to his beloved writers of our national literature in an expansive and mesmerizing book that is one of his most incisive and profoundly personal to date. S. The yale literary scholar has added another remarkable treatise to his voluminous body of work.
The huffington post “the sublime The Daemon Knows is a veritable feast for the general reader me as well as the advanced I assume one. John ashbery “Mesmerizing. New york journal of books “Bloom is a formidable critic, an extravagant intellect. Chicago tribune “as always, bloom conveys the intimate, urgent, compelling sense of why it matters that we read these canonical authors.
The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime #ad - Kirkus reviews starred review“Few people write criticism as nakedly confident as Bloom’s any more. The guardian U. K. New york times bestseller • named one of the best books of the year by the washington post and kirkus reviewshailed as “the indispensable critic” by the new york review of books, Harold Bloom—New York Times bestselling writer and Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University—has for decades been sharing with readers and students his genius and passion for understanding literature and explaining why it matters.
. Bloom’s books are like a splendid map of literature, a majestic aerial view that clarifies what we cannot see from the ground.
The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James BibleYale University Press #ad - Throughout, bloom makes an impassioned and convincing case for reading the King James Bible as literature, free from dogma and with an appreciation of its enduring aesthetic value. He invites readers to hear the baroque inventiveness in such sublime books as the Song of Songs, and Job, Ecclesiastes, and alerts us to the echoes of the King James Bible in works from the Romantic period to the present day.
Distilling the insights acquired from a significant portion of his career as a brilliant critic and teacher, he offers readers at last the book he has been writing "all my long life, " a magisterial and intimately perceptive reading of the King James Bible as a literary masterpiece. Bloom calls it an "inexplicable wonder" that a rather undistinguished group of writers could bring forth such a magnificent work of literature, and he credits William Tyndale as their fountainhead.
The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible #ad - The king james bible stands at "the sublime summit of literature in English, " sharing the honor only with Shakespeare, Harold Bloom contends in the opening pages of this illuminating literary tour. Reading the king james bible alongside tyndales bible, Bloom highlights how the translators and editors improved upon—or, the Geneva Bible, in some cases, and the original Hebrew and Greek texts, diminished—the earlier versions.
Hamlet in Purgatory: Expanded Edition Princeton Classics Book 103Princeton University Press #ad - Thus, the space of Purgatory became the stage haunted by literature's most famous ghost. In the mid-sixteenth century, English authorities abruptly changed the relationship between the living and dead. This expanded Princeton Classics edition includes a new preface by the author. In his strikingly original interpretation, and be rid of the dead were transformed by Shakespeare--consummate conjurer that he was--into the substance of several of his plays, Greenblatt argues that the human desires to commune with, assist, above all the weirdly powerful Hamlet.
With the doctrine of purgatory and the elaborate practices that grew up around it, the church had provided a powerful method of negotiating with the dead. This book constitutes an extraordinary feat that could have been accomplished by only Stephen Greenblatt. Declaring that purgatory was a false "poem, " they abolished the institutions and banned the practices that Christians relied on to ease the passage to Heaven for themselves and their dead loved ones.
Greenblatt explores the fantastic adventure narratives, ghost stories, pilgrimages, and imagery by which a belief in a grisly "prison house of souls" had been shaped and reinforced in the Middle Ages. He probes the psychological benefits as well as the high costs of this belief and of its demolition. It yields an extraordinary account of the rise and fall of Purgatory as both a belief and a lucrative institution--as well as a capacious new reading of the power of Hamlet.
Hamlet in Purgatory: Expanded Edition Princeton Classics Book 103 #ad - In hamlet in purgatory, renowned literary scholar Stephen Greenblatt delves into his longtime fascination with the ghost of Hamlet's father, and his daring and ultimately gratifying journey takes him through surprising intellectual territory. The protestant attack on purgatory destroyed this method for most people in England, but it did not eradicate the longings and fears that Catholic doctrine had for centuries focused and exploited.