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ISBN: 0812997824
Author: Harold Bloom
Language: English
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau (May 12, 2015)
Pages: 544
Category: History & Criticism
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 611
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Harold Bloom, who bestrides our literary world like a willfully idiosyncratic colossus, belongs to the party of. .The capstone to a lifetime of thinking, writing and teaching.

Harold Bloom, who bestrides our literary world like a willfully idiosyncratic colossus, belongs to the party of rapture. The primary strength of The Daemon Knows is the brilliance and penetration of the connections Bloom makes among the great writers of the past, the shrewd sketching of intellectual feuds or oppositions that he calls agons. Bloom’s books are like a splendid map of literature, a majestic aerial view that clarifies what we cannot see from the ground

Harold Bloom, who bestrides our literary world like a willfully idiosyncratic colossus . The sublime The Daemon Knows is a veritable feast for the general reader (me) as well as the advanced (I assume) on. John Ashbery. New York Journal of Books.

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Harold Bloom, who bestrides our literary world like a willfully idiosyncratic colossus, belongs to the party of. Bloom’s books are like a splendid map of literature, a majestic aerial view that clarifies what we cannot see from the ground

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. A product of five years of writing and a lifetime of reading and scholarship, The Daemon Knows may be Bloom’s.

A product of five years of writing and a lifetime of reading and scholarship, "The Daemon Knows" may be Bloom s most masterly book yet.

and explaining why it matters. A product of five years of writing and a lifetime of reading and scholarship, "The Daemon Knows" may be Bloom s most masterly book yet.

The Daemon Knows focuses on the dozen creators of the American sublime, in familiar or unexpected pairings .

The Daemon Knows focuses on the dozen creators of the American sublime, in familiar or unexpected pairings, including Melville and Whitman, Emerson and Dickinson, Faulkner and Hart Crane. Few people write criticism as nakedly confident as Bloom’s any more. I do not consider Walt a product of the sensibility of his own time, Bloom proclaims at one point. Genius or the daemon is rare and of its own age. This is a typical Bloom pronouncement, both personal and universal: he’s perfectly comfortable on first-name terms with Walt.

Bloom’s latest book, The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime, examines ambitious and representative American authors, its chapters organized by curious pairings: Whitman with Melville (the Giant Forms of American literature), Emerson with.

Bloom’s latest book, The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime, examines ambitious and representative American authors, its chapters organized by curious pairings: Whitman with Melville (the Giant Forms of American literature), Emerson with Dickinson (the Sage of Concord is Dickinson’s closest imaginative father ), Hawthorne with Henry James (a relation of direct influence ), Twain. - -John Ashbery. "The sublime The Daemon Knows is a veritable feast for the general reader (me) as well as the advanced (I assume) on.

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. 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. A product of five years of writing and a lifetime of reading and scholarship, The Daemon Knows may be Bloom’s most masterly book yet.   Pairing Walt Whitman with Herman Melville, Ralph Waldo Emerson with Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne with Henry James, Mark Twain with Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens with T. S. Eliot, and William Faulkner with Hart Crane, Bloom places these writers’ works in conversation with one another, exploring their relationship to the “daemon”—the spark of genius or Orphic muse—in their creation and helping us understand their writing with new immediacy and relevance. It is the intensity of their preoccupation with the sublime, Bloom proposes, that distinguishes these American writers from their European predecessors.   As he reflects on a lifetime lived among the works explored in this book, Bloom has himself, in this magnificent achievement, created a work touched by the daemon.   Praise for The Daemon Knows“Enrapturing . . . radiant . . . intoxicating . . . Harold Bloom, who bestrides our literary world like a willfully idiosyncratic colossus, belongs to the party of rapture.”—Cynthia Ozick, The New York Times Book Review“The capstone to a lifetime of thinking, writing and teaching . . . The primary strength of The Daemon Knows is the brilliance and penetration of the connections Bloom makes among the great writers of the past, the shrewd sketching of intellectual feuds or oppositions that he calls agons. . . . Bloom’s books are like a splendid map of literature, a majestic aerial view that clarifies what we cannot see from the ground.”The Washington Post“Audacious . . . 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.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)“Few people write criticism as nakedly confident as Bloom’s any more.”The Guardian (U.K.)

Comments:

Qane
I don't think one can really "review" this book. The mantra here is that when it comes to literary greatness "the Daemon knows how it is done." This makes sense. If you want know how your art can ascend to the near-God layer of the atmosphere, it would be smart to ask one who resides there. Mr. Bloom sets out here to show what he believes is good evidence that some of our greatest (at least the 12 discussed) American writers who achieved the sublime, did so upon the foundation of those characteristics (self-reliance, individuality, freedom (especially from the handcuffs of history), etc that we folks generally consider to be among the hallmark attributes of an "American." While the political roots of the "American" were established in the 1700s, the American character was not realized as a source of literary greatness until the 1800s and early 1900s.

The book is not a teaching vehicle. If you want to understand more about Wallace Stevens and the others, read something else. This book is about the synthesis of evidence in the literature of an "American sublime." It is very tough going for the reader, even for the elite reader I suspect (not being one). I am not sure the hypothesis is persuasively shown in all 12 writers discussed. But the journey is worth it.

Only one of Mr. Bloom's stature and longevity could have attempted the argument or even thought of it. The language is glorious and the scholarship impeccable. The book is a close encounter with thoughts of one of our great literary analysts. Whatever you take from the book will exceed the effort it took you to read it, a good bargain.
Moswyn
It is what one expects from Harold Bloom, a brilliant, insightful book, encyclopedic in its erudition. If you're serious about literary criticism, Bloom is as good as it gets.
Dodo
This is a book with a very personal take on American literature. Harold Bloom has a vast and sweeping knowledge of literature in the English language and he stitches it into Bloom's American Quilt in this book. He's challenging and provocative, and I think that's what he aims to be. I am not at all sure that I agree with him in most of the particulars, but I don't really care. Reading The Daemon Knows is like having a great conversation with a passionate lover of poetry and prose over a long winter in front of a fire, sipping brandy. Go for it!
Bedy
A wonderful work detailing Harold Blooms years of studying and teaching literature and poetry. His emphasis is on American genius. I especially admired his deep love of his subjects. Highly recommended.
greed style
- Harold Bloom, the author, has such vast knowledge of what's what and who's who in literature that I was overwhelmed and am now so much more informed than I was before on the essence and importance of reading even more than I've been reading before - one lifetime just isn't enough - must Bloom information makes one think like this -
Minnai
A deep dive into comparative literary genius.
Beabandis
Bloom's work has always been a guide for me to get far more out of great literature than just one reading can give. I respect him for his genius and his creative and refreshing view of literature today and yesterday. I already have all his other books, so I ordered this one and have not finished it yet but I am absolutely delighted with it. Professor Bloom is in his 80s now and just as brilliant a teacher as ever. If you are beyond the casual reader category and really enjoy going more deeply into great literature, Bloom is the man for you.
While I have enjoyed everything Bloom has written over the years, I remain a loyal and unreconstructed (or un-deconstructed) ephebe and camp follower of the New Critics he lists at page 197 of this excellent book. They were, and remain, the teachers who gave me the gift of love for literature. I agree with the comment of my revered Professor William Wimsatt quoted a few pages later on the difference between Bloom and the New Critics. As Uncle Toby told the fly, there's room in the world for thee and me. Once again Bloom enhances the pleasures I received from my Masters and my admiration for the verbal artists he and they celebrate.

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