Bloom, Harold

Tagged: Author | Editor | Critic

(1930-    ) US academic and author, best known for his Freudian analysis of the relationship between strong male authors and predecessor authors over the last several centuries of Western literature; The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry (1973; rev 1997) and its several increasingly talmudic sequels have become central critical texts; his work in the fields of the fantastic – despite his high esteem for writers like John Crowley – has not been strongly focused. In Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human (1998), his understanding of William Shakespeare as comprehensively significant, and to be wholeheartedly revered, has received some academic demurs,but is arousing all the same. The subtitle of his only novel, The Flight to Lucifer: A Gnostic Fantasy (1979), is accurate.

Of the many Anthologies of critical pieces edited by Bloom, several are of sf interest: Mary Shelley (anth 1985), Edgar Allan Poe (anth 1985), Ursula K. Le Guin (anth 1986) and Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness (anth 1987), Doris Lessing (anth 1986), George Orwell (anth 1987) and George Orwell's 1984 (anth 1987), Classic Horror Writers (anth 1993), Classic Science Fiction Writers (1995), Science Fiction Writers of the Golden Age (anth 1995), Modern Fantasy Writers (anth 1995), Modern Horror Writers (anth 1995), Stephen King (anth 1998), Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five (anth 2001) and Ray Bradbury (anth 2001). [JC]

Harold Bloom

born New York: 11 July 1930



nonfiction (highly selected)

works as editor


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