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Ruin the Sacred Truths

Ruin the Sacred Truths

Poetry and Belief from the Bible to the Present

Harold Bloom

ISBN 9780674780286

Publication date: 09/01/1991

Harold Bloom surveys with majestic view the literature of the West from the Old Testament to Samuel Beckett. He provocatively rereads the Yahwist (or J) writer, Jeremiah, Job, Jonah, the Iliad, the Aeneid, Dante’s Divine Comedy, Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, the Henry IV plays, Paradise Lost, Blake’s Milton, Wordsworth’s Prelude, and works by Freud, Kafka, and Beckett. In so doing, he uncovers the truth that all our attempts to call any strong work more sacred than another are merely political and social formulations. This is criticism at its best.


  • Bloom’s puissance is not entirely his own; for some of it, he is indebted to Nietzsche, Freud, Schopenhauer, Gershom Scholem, and other masters. But enough of it is his own to constitute a distinctive form of splendor.

    —Denis Donoghue, New York Review of Books

Book Details

  • 214 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-3/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press