Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

Graham Allen (University College Cork)
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The Western Canon

is the most important of Harold Bloom's recent books. Bloom's “recent” work can be traced back to

Ruin the Sacred Truths: Poetry and Belief from the Bible to the Present

(Cambridge, Mass. and London: Harvard University Press, 1989), a text in which he decisively shifted his critical focus from an analysis of the anxiety of influence to the origins of that anxiety in the great authors of the Western tradition: the J-writer (the earliest Biblical author), Dante and above all Shakespeare. Bloom's

The Western Canon

is his most direct and sustained defence of the originality of the great writers within the Western literary tradition or Canon (Bloom goes so far in this text as to refer to world literature and a world Canon). The book focuses on twenty-six canonical…

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Citation: Allen, Graham. "The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 November 2002 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=10619, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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