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The daemon knows : literary greatness and the American sublime

Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Harold Bloom, named "The indispensable critic" by the New York Review of Books, returns with a definitive yet personal book on twelve American writers upon whose work he believes the American canon is built. While his references to American writers are wide-ranging, he focuses on twelve: Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, Mark Twain, Robert Frost,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harold Bloom
ISBN: 9780812997828 0812997824
OCLC Number: 894816439
Description: xvi, 524 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. I. Walt Whitman and Herman Melville --
Foregrounding the giants --
Walt Whitman: --
An induction --
Out of the cradle endlessly rocking --
Leaves of grass 1855: Song of myself ; The sleepers --
Leaves of grass 1856: Crossing Brooklyn Ferry --
Leaves of grass 1860: A word out of the sea ; As I ebb'd with the ocean of life --
When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd --
Herman Melville: --
Moby-Dick --
Ch. II. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Emily Dickinson --
Ralph Waldo Emerson: --
Journals --
Essays --
Emily Dickinson --
Ch. III. Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry James --
Nathaniel Hawthorne: --
Tales and sketches --
The scarlet letter --
The house of the seven gables --
The Blithedale romance --
The marble faun --
Henry James: --
The portrait of a lady --
The Bostonians --
The wings of the dove --
"The jolly corner" --
Ch. IV. Mark Twain and Robert Frost --
Mark Twain: --
The adventures of Huckleberry Finn --
Pudd'nhead Wilson --
Robert Frost: --
A witness tree --
North of Boston --
Directive --
Ch. V. Wallace Stevens and T.S. Eliot --
The auroras of autumn --
Four quartets --
Ch. VI. William Faulkner and Hart Crane: --
William Faulkner: --
As I lay dying: Darl --
Sanctuary: Popeye --
Light in August: Joe Christmas --
Hart Crane: --
White buildings: Urban purgatorio: Praise for an urn ; Possessions ; Passage ; Repose of rivers ; At Melville's tomb ; Voyages --
The bridge: Atlantis ; Ave Maria, national winter garden ; Van Winkle, the river ; The tunnel ; To Brooklyn Bridge ; The harbor dawn ; Cutty Sark ; The dance ; Southern cross, Virginia --
The broken tower --
Coda: The place of the daemon in American sublime: Hart Crane's achievement.
Responsibility: Harold Bloom.

Abstract:

"Harold Bloom, named "The indispensable critic" by the New York Review of Books, returns with a definitive yet personal book on twelve American writers upon whose work he believes the American canon is built. While his references to American writers are wide-ranging, he focuses on twelve: Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, Mark Twain, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, and Hart Crane, those writers whose works make up what he calls the American sublime. A book by our greatest literary critic writing on these great American writers will be a must-read for anyone interested in American literature"--

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