Harold Bloom is Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University. He has written more than sixty books, including Cleopatra: I Am Fire and Air, Falstaff: Give Me Life, The Western Canon, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, and How to Read and Why. He is a MacArthur Prize fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the recipient of many awards, including the Academy's Gold Medal for Criticism. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
"Should this be the one book you read if you're going to read a book about Shakespeare? Yes." -New York Observer "Enraptured, incantatory... You could hardly ask for a more capacious, beneficent work." -The New Yorker "Should this be the one book you read if you're going to read a book about Shakespeare? Yes." -New York Observer Praise for Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human "Not perhaps since Samuel Johnson in the mid-eighteenth century has a critic explained to a general audience as ably as Mr. Bloom does how much Shakespeare matters to our sense of who we are." -The New York Times "Brilliant... Will give you a night of full joy and make you forget current events." -Newsday "A deeply felt reverie on Hamlet, a latter-day example of the genial impressionist criticism practiced by Walter Pater, John Ruskin, and Oscar Wilde." -Washington Post Book World Praise for Hamlet: Poem Unlimited "To read this book is to hear a powerful call to fall in love again with Shakespeare and his plays... I can think of no more engaging and nourishing pair of literary works: a drama of towering, perhaps unmatched, genius joining an exquisite work of literary criticism by a scholar of genuine greatness." -Baltimore Sun "[Bloom's] last love letter to the shaping spirit of his imagination... An explanation and reiteration of why Falstaff matters to Bloom, and why Falstaff is one of literature's vital forces... A pleasure to read."-Jeanette Winterson, New York Times Book Review "In this first of five books about Shakespearean personalities, Bloom brings erudition and boundless enthusiasm."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review Praise for Falstaff: Give me Life "Famed literary critic and Yale professor Bloom showcases his favorite Shakespearian character in this poignant work... He has created a larger-than-life portrait of a character who is 'at his best a giant image of human freedom.'"-Publishers Weekly