Harold Bloom

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11, 1930
New York
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11, 1930 (age 88)
New York


A famous writer, critic, editor, and Yale professor, he is known for works of literary criticism that address such topics as aestheticism, romanticism, and religion. His best-known works include The American Religion, The Western Canon, and The Anxiety of Influence.

Before Fame

He developed an interest in poetry at the age of eleven, after reading the works of Hart Crane and William Blake. He subsequently graduated from Cornell University and went on to receive his PhD from Yale.


He created controversy by attacking the works of writers such as Maya Angelou and Stephen King.

Family Life

He was born to an Orthodox Jewish family in New York City. With his wife, Jeanne Gould, he had two children.

Associated With

His 1998 work, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, includes an analysis of each of the works of the famous playwright William Shakespeare.