The Anatomy of Bloom: Harold Bloom and the Study of Influence and Anxiety.pdf
Here at last is a comprehensive introduction to the career of America's leading intellectual. "The Anatomy of Bloom" surveys Harold Bloom's life as a literary critic, exploring all of his books in chronological order, to reveal that his work, and especially his classic "The Anxiety of Influence," is best understood as an expression of American Protestantism and yet haunted by a Jewish fascination with the Holocaust. Heys traces Bloom's intellectual development from his formative years spent as a poor second-generation immigrant in the Bronx to his later eminence as an international literary phenomenon. He argues that, as the quintessential living embodiment of the American dream, Bloom's career-path deconstructs the very foundations of American Protestantism.
Alistair Heys is Lecturer in Romantic Literature at the University of Paisii Hilendarski, Bulgaria. He is the author of "R.S. Thomas and Romanticism" (2004) and editor of "Byron and the Isles of Imagination" (2009).