The Western Canon by Harold Bloom

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By Harold Bloom

Harold Bloom explores our Western literary culture by means of focusing on the works of twenty-six authors crucial to the Canon. He argues opposed to ideology in literary feedback; he laments the lack of highbrow and aesthetic criteria; he deplores multiculturalism, Marxism, feminism, neoconservatism, Afro-centrism, and the recent Historicism.

America's preeminent literary critic, who opened new fields of thought of literature within the nervousness of impact and The ebook of J, takes on these books necessary to our literary history. Bloom endeavors to isolate the characteristics that make 26 selected writers--including Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Freud, and Whitman--so necessary to us at the present time.

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In any event, as the youngest of the Wve children of ageing parents, he stood to gain little from the family’s territorial inheritance even if he had embraced its mores and convictions. ’3 Equally, William Empson was not ungrateful for the fact that, as he put it in his later years, he had been given the right ticket in life. While not showing a trace of snobbery in his personal dealings, he always spoke, in person and on the page, with the unemphatic authority of the patrician voice; and he was capable of deploying in his literary criticism the odd personal anecdote which gives certain evidence of a comfortable patrimony—or in this case, as prompted by W.

By 1827 he was secretary to the African Institution. In 1843 he wrote a sympathetic assessment of Jeremy Bentham; and the next year a full-hearted memorial essay on Thomas Arnold. 11 In 1833 he wrote a carefully laudatory notice of the series of ‘scientiWc’ fables entitled Illustrations of Political Economy, by Harriet Martineau, with whom he later developed a cordial friendship—although she would repay him by patronizing his generosity at the expense of his intelligence: We were never otherwise than perfectly friendly, though I could not help feeling that every year, and every experience, separated us more widely in regard to intellectual and moral sympathy.

Richard Empson Prime Minister to King Henry 7th was born at Shinkley in Essington Ward in the County of Durham, he was a man of great parts and knighted by King Henry the 7th and made one of his Prime Ministers of State and Lord Dudley the other. They were both beheaded by King Henry the 8th when he came to the Crown. Sr. Richard’s son or grandson settled at Gowle Hall near Snayth in Yorkshire. There was George and Richard of this Family both of Gowle Brothers and in the Civil Wars George was engaged for King Charles the 1st and Richard (commonly called StiV Dick) was engaged for the Parliament, so that there was a mortal hatred between them.

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