Harold Bloom: Fêted literary critic

20 October 2019 - 00:00 By Daily Telegraph

Harold Bloom, who has died at the age of  89, was regarded by some as the English-speaking world’s greatest literary critic, and by others as a dyed-in-the-wool reactionary with nothing new to say.

A colossal figure in US  academic life in every sense, Bloom was impossible to ignore. He claimed, probably correctly, to be the best-read man in the US (he once said he read The Pickwick Papers at least twice a year for fun), and his easy familiarity with the canon of Western literature was extraordinary...

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