Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human

by Harold Bloom

Riverhead Books | October 26, 1998 | Hardcover

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Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human is the culmination of Harold Bloom's life's work in reading, writing about, and teaching Shakespeare. It is his passionate and convincing analysis of the way in which Shakespeare not merely represented human nature as we know it today, but actually created it: before Shakespeare, there was characterization; after Shakespeare, there was character, men and women with highly individual personalities -- Hamlet, Falstaff, Iago, Cleopatra, Macbeth, Rosalind, and Lear, among them. In making his argument, Bloom leads us through a brilliant and comprehensive reading of every one of Shakespeare's plays.

According to a New York Times report on Shakespeare last year, "more people are watching him, reading him, and studying him than ever before". Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human is a landmark contribution, a book that will be celebrated and read for many years to come. It explains why Shakespeare has remained our most popular playwright for more than four hundred years, and in helping us to understand ourselves through literature, it restores the role of critic to one of central importance to our culture.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 800 pages

Published: October 26, 1998

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1573221201

ISBN - 13: 9781573221207

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Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human

by Harold Bloom

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 800 pages

Published: October 26, 1998

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1573221201

ISBN - 13: 9781573221207

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Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human is the culmination of Harold Bloom's life's work in reading, writing about, and teaching Shakespeare. It is his passionate and convincing analysis of the way in which Shakespeare not merely represented human nature as we know it today, but actually created it: before Shakespeare, there was characterization; after Shakespeare, there was character, men and women with highly individual personalities -- Hamlet, Falstaff, Iago, Cleopatra, Macbeth, Rosalind, and Lear, among them. In making his argument, Bloom leads us through a brilliant and comprehensive reading of every one of Shakespeare's plays.

According to a New York Times report on Shakespeare last year, "more people are watching him, reading him, and studying him than ever before". Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human is a landmark contribution, a book that will be celebrated and read for many years to come. It explains why Shakespeare has remained our most popular playwright for more than four hundred years, and in helping us to understand ourselves through literature, it restores the role of critic to one of central importance to our culture.

About the Author

Harold Bloom, July 11, 1930 - Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields.

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To paraphrase England's most famous bard, "What a work of art is man." Nowhere does this seem more applicable than when describing the influence of William Shakespeare. In Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, legendary critical genius Harold Bloom takes a sharp and revealing look at how Shakespeare was essentially the first writer to use pen to bring human personality to paper. Before Shakespeare, characterization existed; after Shakespeare, real, breathing characters like Cleopatra, Macbeth, Falstaff, Iago and Hamlet were given more than personality. This is the ultimate Shakespearean analysis and is the culmination of Bloom's lifelong work in reading, writing about and teaching Shakespeare. He is the Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University and Berg Professor of English at New York University.
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