The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0170  Tuesday, 2 February 1999.

From:           Simon Malloch <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 01 Feb 1999 22:38:24 +0800
Subject:        Harold Bloom on "How to Read"

Below is a report of a lecture Harold Bloom gave at Stanford on
reading.  Shakespeare is, of course, mentioned as are the several
doctoral dissertations from Princeton University which treat Victorian
women's underwear.

As always comments are welcome.

Simon Malloch.

Critic Harold Bloom on why to read:
'To light the single candle of your self'


For all his authored books, his 50 years of teaching and a lifetime of
distinguished literary criticism, Harold Bloom may well be remembered by
the Stanford community for his attire.

"He always brought books to class but his main reference was his
sweater," Diane Middlebrook, professor of English, said as she
introduced her former teacher and talked about the graduate seminar on
Romantic poets she had taken with Bloom at Yale in the 1960s. "The notes
for the day were apparently knitted into the sleeves, and he was always
hunching over and consulting his sweater."

As the Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University and Berg
Professor of English at New York University faced a full and expectant
house in Kresge Auditorium the evening of May 18, he shuffled his feet
and tugged  

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