Definition #264 Humans

created by humans

created by humans

It’s the birthday of the literary critic Harold Bloom born in New York City (1930).

His parents were Jewish immigrants, and his first language was Yiddish,

but he fell in love with English poetry and read it before he had ever heard English spoken aloud.

He started reading Walt Whitman and Hart Crane when he was eight years old.

He went on to become one of the most influential literary critics in the country.

He is one of the last critics who argues that great literature is a product of genius,

and that we shouldn’t read to understand history or politics or culture,

but to

understand the human condition.

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