The Anatomy of Influence

Literature as a Way of Life

The Anatomy of Influence

Bloom leads readers through the labyrinthine paths which link the writers and critics who have informed and inspired him for so many years.

The Shadow of a Great Rock

A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible

The Shadow of a Great Rock

Examines the King James translation of the Bible, comparing it with other translations and noting its superiority over previous editions, and highlights the influences of the King James Bible in literature from the Romantic era to today.

Poetics of Influence

New and Selected Criticism

Poetics of Influence


James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson

James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson

A biographical masterpiece and a compelling narrative, James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson overflows with an extravagant wealth of personal anecdotes, social commentary, witty conversation, and profound psychological analysis. Two centuries after its creation, Boswell's vivid and intimate portrait of his friend continues to fascinate the scholar, the critic, and the common reader alike.

Literature of the Holocaust

Literature of the Holocaust

From the greatest tragedy of the 20th century rose a generation of writers determined to tell their stories and carry on the legacy of those who perished. This title provides a critical perspective on the works that captured the somber period in Western history.

The Anatomy of Bloom

Harold Bloom and the Study of Influence and Anxiety

The Anatomy of Bloom

Here at last is a comprehensive introduction to the career of America's leading intellectual. The Anatomy of Bloom surveys Harold Bloom's life as a literary critic, exploring all of his books in chronological order, to reveal that his work, and especially his classic The Anxiety of Influence, is best understood as an expression of reprobate American Protestantism and yet haunted by a Jewish fascination with the Holocaust. Heys traces Bloom's intellectual development from his formative years spent as a poor second-generation immigrant in the Bronx to his later eminence as an international literary phenomenon. He argues that, as the quintessential living embodiment of the American dream, Bloom's career-path deconstructs the very foundations of American Protestantism.

Reading for Our Time

Reading for Our Time

A masterclass in attentive reading offering brilliant insights into two of George Eliot's novels

James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Offers biographical information on James Joyce, and presents a thematic and structural analysis of his work, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"

Marlow

Marlow

Charles Marlow, the narrator of four of Joseph Conrad's greatest works--'Youth' (1902), and Chance (1913)-- is as enigmatic as the tales he recounts.