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ISBN-10: 0525562478
ISBN-13: 9780525562474
Publisher: Vintage
Publish Date: 03/17/2020
Dimensions: 8.00" L, 5.30" W, 0.90" H

Possessed by Memory: The Inward Light of Criticism

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Wonderful. . . . Spectacular. . . . You feel the pulse of life, what poetry can bring to us if we let it. —The Philadelphia Inquirer

This audacious personal odyssey offers readers a cosmos of possibilities when contemplating what happens once we ‘shuffle off this mortal coil.’ —The Christian Science Monitor

An elegiac meditation on a life lived through books. —O, The Oprah Magazine

The great critic revisits the literature that has meant most to him. –The New York Times Book Review

Here is the daringly original literary critic’s most personal book: a four-part spiritual autobiography in the form of brief, luminous readings of poetry, drama, and prose–much of which he has known by heart since childhood. As one of his own mentors, M. H. Abrams, has said, to read Bloom’s commentaries is like reading classic authors by flashes of lightning. Gone are the polemics; here Bloom argues elegiacally with nobody but himself. In A Voice she Heard Before the World Was Made, he offers startling meditations on foundational concerns of Biblical study. In the Elegy Season finds him coming to terms movingly, from a new vantage, with writers on whom he has brooded for much of his life. And with brio and bravura in The Imperfect Is Our Paradise, Bloom ranges dazzlingly through twentieth-century American poetry, from Wallace Stevens to Amy Clampitt. Possessed by Memory, in short, is essential Bloom.

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Describe is what he does, perhaps more brilliantly than anyone else alive.
Esquire

The great critic revisits the literature that has meant most to him.
–The New York Times

Our era's Samuel Johnson...Possessed by Memory really is a kind of valediction... Bloom has loved literature deeply–and that love is, even in the face of death, a life-giving force.
–Commonweal Magazine

These essays reveal a deeply personal attachment and fresh perspective. An eloquent and erudite rereading of the author's beloved works.
–Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A rich lifetime of readership and scholarship can be found within the covers of this equally rich book.
–Publishers Weekly

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ISBN-10: 0525562478
ISBN-13: 9780525562474
Publisher: Vintage
Publish Date: 03/17/2020
Dimensions: 8.00" L, 5.30" W, 0.90" H
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