Lear

The Great Image of Authority
Product Number: EB00711231
Released: Apr 24, 2018
Business Term: 1 Year
ISBN: #9781501164217
Publisher: Scribner
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Harold Bloom, regarded by some as the greatest Shakespeare scholar of our time, presents an intimate, wise, deeply compelling portrait of King Lear-the third in his series of five short books about the great playwright's most significant personalities, hailed as Bloom's "last love letter to the shaping spirit of his imagination" on the front page of The New York Times Book Review. King Lear is perhaps the most poignant character in literature. The aged, abused monarch-a man in his eighties, like Harold Bloom himself-is at once the consummate figure of authority and the classic example of the fall from majesty. He is widely agreed to be William Shakespeare's most moving, tragic hero. Award-winning writer and beloved professor Harold Bloom writes about Lear with wisdom, joy, exuberance, and compassion. He also explores his own personal relationship to the character: Just as we encounter one Emma Bovary or Hamlet when we are seventeen and another when we are forty, Bloom writes about his shifting understanding-over the course of his own lifetime-of Lear, so that this book also explores an extraordinarily moving argument for literature as a path to and a measure of our humanity. Bloom is mesmerizing in the classroom, wrestling with the often tragic choices Shakespeare's characters make. He delivers that kind of exhilarating intimacy, pathos, and clarity in Lear.

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Author(s): Harold Bloom
Series: Shakespeare's Personalities Series No: 3
Original Publish Date: Apr 24, 2018

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Author(s): Harold Bloom
Narrator(s): Simon Vance
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Product Number DD40769
Released: Jul 26, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Highbridge Company
ISBN: #9781684416820
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Author(s): Harold Bloom
Narrator(s): Simon Vance
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Product Number Z100109190
Released: Jan 17, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Highbridge Company
ISBN: #9781684416837

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