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How to Read and Why - Bloom

How to Read and Why

By: Bloom

Paperback Published: 2nd October 2001
ISBN: 9780684859071
Number Of Pages: 288

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Information is endlessly available to us; where shall wisdom be found?" is the crucial question with which renowned literary critic Harold Bloom begins this impassioned book on the pleasures and benefits of reading well. For more than forty years, Bloom has transformed college students into lifelong readers with his unrivaled love for literature. Now, at a time when faster and easier electronic media threatens to eclipse the practice of reading, Bloom draws on his experience as critic, teacher, and prolific reader to plumb the great books for their sustaining wisdom.

Shedding all polemic, Bloom addresses the solitary reader, who, he urges, should read for the purest of all reasons: to discover and augment the self. His ultimate faith in the restorative power of literature resonates on every page of this infinitely rewarding and important book.

John Banville The Irish Times Bloom is one of the last...of his kind...one of the greatest educators of our time...Wonderful...Bloom writes with passion of those writers whom he loves, and whose work for him affirms life. John Sutherland The Washington Post Book World Harold Bloom is one of the great literary critics of his time...How to Read and Why is...the testament of a veteran. Michael Pakenham The Baltimore Sun Superb...A wonderful, entertaining book...extraordinarily wise, nourishing, and beautiful.

Prefacep. 19
Prologue: Why Read?p. 21
Short Stories
Introductionp. 31
"Bezhin Lea"p. 32
"Kasyan from the Beautiful Lands"p. 34
"The Kiss"p. 37
"The Student"p. 39
"The Lady with the Dog"p. 40
"Madame Tellier's Establishment"p. 43
"The Horla"p. 44
"Hills Like White Elephants"p. 46
"God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen"p. 47
"The Snows of Kilimanjaro"p. 48
"A Sea Change"p. 50
"A Good Man Is Hard to Find"p. 52
"Good Country People"p. 52
"A View of the Woods"p. 53
"The Vane Sisters"p. 54
"Tlon, Ugbar, Orbis Tertius"p. 58
"Gogol's Wife"p. 61
Invisible Citiesp. 62
Summary Observationsp. 65
Poems
Introductionp. 69
Housman, Blake, Landor, and Tennysonp. 70
"Into My Heart an Air That Kills"p. 71
"The Sick Rose"p. 71
"On His Seventy-fifth Birthday"p. 72
"The Eagle"p. 73
"Ulysses"p. 74
"Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came"p. 79
Song of Myselfp. 89
Dickinson, Bronte, Popular Ballads, and "Tom O'Bedlam"p. 94
Poem 1260, "Because That You Are Going"p. 95
"Stanzas: Often Rebuked, Yet Always Back Returning"p. 97
"Sir Patrick Spence"p. 99
"The Unquiet Grave"p. 102
dAnonymousp. 104
"Tom O'Bedlam"p. 104
Sonnet 121, "'Tis Better to Be Vile Than Vile Esteemed"p. 111
Sonnet 129, "Th' Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame"p. 113
Sonnet 144, "Two Loves I Have, of Comfort and Despair"p. 114
Paradise Lostp. 116
"A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal"p. 121
"My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold"p. 123
The Rime of the Ancient Marinerp. 124
Shelley and Keatsp. 129
The Triumph of Lifep. 129
"La Belle Dame Sans Merci"p. 134
Summary Observationsp. 138
Novels, Part I
Introductionp. 143
Don Quixotep. 145
The Charterhouse of Parmap. 150
Emmap. 156
Great Expectationsp. 162
Crime and Punishmentp. 166
The Portrait of a Ladyp. 173
In Search of Lost Timep. 181
The Magic Mountainp. 187
Summary Observationsp. 193
Plays
Introductionp. 199
Hamletp. 201
Hedda Gablerp. 218
The Importance of Being Earnestp. 224
Summary Observationsp. 231
Novels, Part II
Moby-Dickp. 235
As I Lay Dyingp. 239
Miss Lonelyheartsp. 245
The Crying of Lot 49p. 249
Blood Meridianp. 254
Invisible Manp. 263
Song of Solomonp. 269
Summary Observationsp. 272
Epilogue: Completing the Workp. 277
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ISBN: 9780684859071
ISBN-10: 0684859076
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 2nd October 2001
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1