THE CHARLES ELIOT NORTON LECTURES
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Ruin the Sacred Truths

Poetry and Belief from the Bible to the Present

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ISBN 9780674780286

Publication Date: 09/01/1991

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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, The New York Review of Books

In some ways the wildest of the wild men (and women), in some ways the most traditional of the traditionalists, Harold Bloom remains serene amid the turbulence—much of it caused by him. He stands dauntless, a party of one, as thrilling to behold up on the high wire as he is (at times) throttling to read on the page… From this strong critic dealing with these strong poets comes a potent mix of insight.—Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe

The wit, the eclecticism and the gripping paradoxes…the force of [Bloom’s] intellect carries the reader from pinnacle to pinnacle, showing a new spiritual landscape from each.—Roger Scruton, The Washington Times

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