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.
"[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 * "An enchanting and appreciative celebration of Shakespeare's greatest comic creation." -- John Frank * Los Angeles Public Library, Library Journal * "In this first of five books about Shakespearean personalities, Bloom brings erudition and boundless enthusiasm." * Kirkus, 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 * "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 * "Should this be the one book you read if you're going to read a book about Shakespeare? Yes." * New York Observer * "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 * 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 *