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Published in 1999, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human provided a mammoth capstone to the career of one of the most important literary critics of our era. Though the book was called by some the most significant contribution to Shakespeare scholarship since the time of Dr. Johnson, Harold Bloom remained unsatisfied. He had devoted far too much of the chapter about the Bard's greatest work to questions regarding the play's origin, and "ruefully realized only later that most of what I thought and felt about Hamlet remained unsaid." Hamlet: Poem Unlimited, which he calls a "postlude" to Shakespeare, is an attempt to rectify this error. He sells himself short. A "postlude" sounds like a chatty wrap up, or a glorified appendix. Whereas here Bloom has distilled a life's passion for the centerpiece of his "secular scripture." "What was it in Shakespeare," an awestruck Bloom asks, "that broke free in Hamlet and in Hamlet?" Of course, there is no clear answer. But in Hamlet: Poem Unlimited Bloom, nonetheless, celebrates the question. Farley, Powells.com

Publisher Comments:

In his New York Times bestseller Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, Harold Bloom showed us how Shakespeare shaped human consciousness and addressed the question of authorship in Hamlet. In Hamlet: Poem Unlimited, our most celebrated critic turns his attention to a reading of the play itself and to Shakespeare's most enigmatic and memorable character.

Hamlet: Poem Unlimited is Bloom's attempt to uncover the mystery of both Prince Hamlet and the play itself, how both prince and drama are able to break through the conventions of theatrical mimesis and the representation of character, making us question the very nature of theatrical illusion. In twenty-five brief chapters, Bloom takes us through the major soliloquies, scenes, characters, and action of the play, to explore the enigma at the heart of the drama, that is central to its universal appeal.

Every reader of Shakespeare will delight in this step-by-step analysis by our most beloved critic.

Review:

"Shakespeare criticism that's big, alive, towering, deep, passionate - in an age that so industriously miniaturizes and demeans its literature." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Bloom makes no concessions to readers who lack a deep familiarity with the play. Nor is it for any reader with a thin skin about Bloom's assumptions about the Anglo-European literary legacy. Short, sophisticated and opinionated, this is a thorny goodie for Bardolators and Bloomians." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"As Bloom parses this indelible creation, icon and "disturbance," he shares his exaltation, once again, over Shakespeare's genius and timeless vision." Donna Seaman, Booklist

Synopsis:

In his "New York Times" bestseller "Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, " Harold Bloom showed readers how Shakespeare shaped human consciousness and addressed the question of authorship in Hamlet. In "Hamlet: Poem Unlimited, " the celebrated critic turns his attention to a reading of the play itself and to Shakespeare's most enigmatic and memorable character.

About the Author

Harold Bloom, foremost literary critic and bestselling writer, is the author of numerous books, including the forthcoming Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds; How to Read and Why; Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human; The Western Canon; and The Anxiety of Influence. Among his many awards and honorary degrees, he holds the Gold Medal for Belles Lettres and Criticism from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and, most recently, the International Prize of Catalonia. A MacArthur Prize fellow, he is Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University and Berg Professor of English at New York University.

Table of Contents

  1. 1.Inferring Hamlet
  2. 2.Horatio
  3. 3.Plays within plays within plays
  4. 4.Two soliloquies
  5. 5.Ophelia
  6. 6.Shakespeare to the players
  7. 7. Themousetrap : contrary will
  8. 8.Gertrude
  9. 9.Claudius
  10. 10. Theimpostume
  11. 11. Thegrave-digger
  12. 12.Wonder-wounded hearers
  13. 13.In my heart there was a kind of fighting
  14. 14.We defy augury
  15. 15.Let it be
  16. 16.Apotheosis and tragedy
  17. 17.Hamlet and the high places
  18. 18.Fortinbras
  19. 19.Had I but time, o, I could tell you
  20. 20.Annihilation : Hamlet's wake
  21. 21. Thefusion of high and popular art
  22. 22.Hamlet as the limit of stage drama
  23. 23. Theend of our time
  24. 24. Thehero of consciousness
  25. 25.Hamlet and no end.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781573222334
Subtitle:
Poem Unlimited
Author:
Bloom, Harold
Publisher:
Riverhead Hardcover
Location:
New York
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Shakespeare, William
Subject:
Tragedy
Subject:
Hamlet
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
GM-50
Publication Date:
20030310
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.82x5.38x.74 in. .61 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 176 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781573222334 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Shakespeare criticism that's big, alive, towering, deep, passionate - in an age that so industriously miniaturizes and demeans its literature."
"Review" by , "Bloom makes no concessions to readers who lack a deep familiarity with the play. Nor is it for any reader with a thin skin about Bloom's assumptions about the Anglo-European literary legacy. Short, sophisticated and opinionated, this is a thorny goodie for Bardolators and Bloomians." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "As Bloom parses this indelible creation, icon and "disturbance," he shares his exaltation, once again, over Shakespeare's genius and timeless vision."
"Synopsis" by , In his "New York Times" bestseller "Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, " Harold Bloom showed readers how Shakespeare shaped human consciousness and addressed the question of authorship in Hamlet. In "Hamlet: Poem Unlimited, " the celebrated critic turns his attention to a reading of the play itself and to Shakespeare's most enigmatic and memorable character.
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