The most beautiful prose paragraph yet written by any American.
1991 On the opening of ch.19 of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. The Western Canon.
I realized early on that the academy and the literary world alike — and I don't think there really is a distinction between the two — are always dominated by fools, knaves, charlatans and bureaucrats.Harold Bloom
Lucretius and his tradition taught Shelley that freedom came from understanding causation.Harold Bloom
Shelley, who in Prometheus Unbound had observed that the wise lack love and those who have love lack wisdom, went to his end in The Triumph of Life asking why good and the means of good were irreconcilable.Harold Bloom
Hamlet, Kiekegaard, Kafka are ironists in the wake of Jesus. All Western irony is a repetition of Jesus' enigmas/riddles, in amalgam with the ironies of Socrates.Harold Bloom