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Harold Bloom

Literary Critic | Class of 1985

Literary Critic
New Haven, Connecticut
55 at time of award
October 14, 2019
Published July 1, 1985

About Harold's Work

Harold Bloom is a literary critic and theorist who has had a profound impact on the study of Western literature and poetry.

A critic of British and American Romanticism, Bloom has developed a new theory of poetic influence with important consequences for conventional interpretive theory.  His work has evolved beyond the conventional boundaries of literary criticism, incorporating psychoanalytic theory, the history of religion, and Jewish and American studies.  Bloom’s many published works include The Anxiety of Influence (1973), Agon (1982), Poetics of Influence: New and Selected Criticism (1985), Ruin the Sacred Truths: Poetry and Belief from the Bible to the Present (1989), The Book of J (1990, with translation by David Rosenberg), The American Religion (1992), The Western Canon (1994), Omens of Millennium (1996), Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human (1999), Hamlet: Poem Unlimited (2004), and Where Shall Wisdom be Found (2004). 


Bloom is the Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, where he has taught since 1955.  He has also served as the Berg Professor of English at New York University.

Bloom received a B.A. (1951) from Cornell University and a Ph.D. (1955) from Yale University.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

Select News Coverage of Harold Bloom
October 14, 2019
"Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89"
The New York Times
Harold Bloom , 1985 MacArthur Fellow
June 10, 2015
"Harold Bloom: Preposterous 'Isms' Are Destroying Literature"
The Huffington Post
Harold Bloom , 1985 MacArthur Fellow
May 26, 2015
"Harold Bloom Takes On 12 American Greats in 'The Daemon Knows'"
The Washington Post
Harold Bloom , 1985 MacArthur Fellow
May 18, 2015
"Who Influenced America’s Greatest Writers?"
The Daily Beast
Harold Bloom , 1985 MacArthur Fellow
May 18, 2015
"‘The Daemon Knows,’ by Harold Bloom"
The New York Times
Harold Bloom , 1985 MacArthur Fellow
April 24, 2015
"How Harold Bloom Selected His Top 12 American Authors"
Vanity Fair
Harold Bloom , 1985 MacArthur Fellow
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