The Anatomy of Influence; Literature as a Way of Life

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  • Copyright: 2012-04-17
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For more than half a century, Harold Bloom has shared his profound knowledge of the written word with students and readers. In this, his most comprehensive and accessible study of influence, Bloom leads us through the labyrinthine paths that link the writers and critics who have informed and inspired him for so many years. The result is "a critical self-portrait," a sustained meditation on a life lived with and through the great works of the "Western canon. Featuring extended analyses of Blooms most cherished poets- Shakespeare, Whitman, and Crane-as well as inspired appreciations of Emerson, Tennyson, Browning, Yeats, Ashbery, and others, The Anatomy of Influence adapts Blooms classic work The Anxiety of Influence to show us what great literature is, how it comes to be, and why it matters. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Harold Bloom is Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University. He lives in New Haven, CT.

Table of Contents

Praeludiump. ix
The Point of View for My Work as a Critic
Literary Lovep. 3
Sublime Strangenessp. 16
The Influence of a Mind on Itselfp. 25
Shakespeare, the Founder
Shakespeare's Peoplep. 35
The Rival Poet: King Learp. 48
Shakespeare's Ellipsis: The Tempestp. 62
Possession in Many Modes: The Sonnetsp. 78
Hamlet and the Art of Knowingp. 87
Milton's Hamletp. 94
Joyce … Dante … Shakespeare … Miltonp. 109
Dr. Johnson and Critical Influencep. 126
The Skeptical Sublime
Anxieties of Epicurean Influence: Dryden, Pater, Milton, Shelley, Tennyson, Whitman, Swinburne, Stevensp. 133
Leopardi's Lucretian Swervep. 162
Shelley's Heirs: Browning and Yeatsp. 172
Whose Condition of Fire? Merrill and Yeatsp. 194
Whitman and the Death of Europe in the Evening Land
Emerson and a Poetry Yet to Be Writtenp. 209
Whitman's Tallyp. 218
Death and the Poet: Whitmanian Ebbingsp. 235
Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction of the Romantic Selfp. 248
Near the Quick: Lawrence and Whitmanp. 255
Hand of Fire: Hart Crane's Magnificencep. 266
Whitman's Prodigals: Ashbery, Ammons, Merwin, Strand, Charles Wrightp. 294
Codap. 334
Acknowledgmentsp. 337
Creditsp. 338
Indexp. 341
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