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Re: Bloom's New Shakespeare Book
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1059  Thursday, 29 October 1998.

[1]     From:   Tom Clayton <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Oct 1998 10:48:30
        Subj:   RE: SHK 9.1046 Re: Bloom's New Shakespeare Book

[2]     From:   William Proctor Williams <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Oct 1998 10:56:58 -0600
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[3]     From:   F. Nicholas Clary <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 28 Oct 1998 16:07:56 -0500
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From:           Tom Clayton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Oct 1998 10:48:30
Subject: 9.1046 Re: Bloom's New Shakespeare Book
Comment:        RE: SHK 9.1046 Re: Bloom's New Shakespeare Book

In yesterday's New York Times (27 October: B1, B8), Michiko Kakutani
gave Bloom's new book substantially a--rare for her--rave notice.

Tom

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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Oct 1998 10:56:58 -0600
Subject: 9.1046 Re: Bloom's New Shakespeare Book
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1046 Re: Bloom's New Shakespeare Book

Jonathan Bate also reviewed Bloom's book.  It was in the Wall Street
Journal about four or five days ago?  I didn't save the review.

WPW

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From:           F. Nicholas Clary <
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Date:           Wednesday, 28 Oct 1998 16:07:56 -0500
Subject: 9.1046 Re: Bloom's New Shakespeare Book
Comment:        RE: SHK 9.1046 Re: Bloom's New Shakespeare Book

Bloom presented an abbreviated version of his chapter on Hamlet, when he
was on campus last spring.  This was the talk he gave on the occasion of
his being awarded an honorary degree at St. Michael's College. Since
then, I have read only the Hamlet chapter, and that in an uncorrected
proof copy.  Lane's New Yorker review, while entertaining and a bit
self-serving, as this writer's reviews tend to be, is both informative
and intelligent.  Though I'm not sure whether Lane or Kerrigan thought
it first, both find Bloom to be Emersonian-a critic who, according to
Lane, "gives himself helplessly to criticism as if it were poetry."  In
the Hamlet chapeter there is ranginess and energy, certainly, in Bloom's
critical persona, and in his voice one can hear a vatic strain. Some may
not have a taste for his sort of thing, particularly in the fast-food
age.  Despite Lane's complaints, however, he confesses in the end that
even though he was "frequently maddened by [Bloom's] exercises, [he was]
never exhausted or bored, [because] there is real exhilaration in the
unfashionable suggestion that plowing through Shakespeare will leave us,
while not altogether Falstaffied, at least larger or other than we
were."  Something here tells me that Lane would not have us put this
newest Bloom by. The book is not yet on the shelves in Vermont, but I
plan to buy a copy when it comes in.  I recommend that you consider
doing the same.

Nick Clary
 

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