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Ruin the Sacred Truths: Poetry and Belief from the Bible to the Present
by Harold Bloom
Harvard University Press, 1989
Paper: 978-0-674-78028-6 | eISBN: 978-0-674-02310-9 | Cloth: 978-0-674-78027-9
Library of Congress Classification PN1077.B55 1989
Dewey Decimal Classification 809.1

Harold Bloom surveys with majestic view the literature of the West from the Old Testament to Samuel Beckett. He provocatively rereads the Yahwist (or J) writer, Jeremiah, Job, Jonah, the Iliad, the Aeneid, Dante’s Divine Comedy, Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, the Henry IV plays, Paradise Lost, Blake’s Milton, Wordsworth’s Prelude, and works by Freud, Kafka, and Beckett. In so doing, he uncovers the truth that all our attempts to call any strong work more sacred than another are merely political and social formulations. This is criticism at its best.

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