RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 670324843 LA English T1 The anatomy of influence : literature as a way of life A1 Bloom, Harold., PB Yale University Press PP New Haven [Conn.] YR 2011 SN 9780300167603 0300167601 9780300181449 0300181442 AB Bloom leads readers through the labyrinthine paths which link the writers and critics who have informed and inspired him for so many years. For more than half a century, Bloom has shared his profound knowledge of the written word with students and readers. In this, his most comprehensive and accessible study of influence, Bloom leads us through the labyrinthine paths which link the writers and critics who have informed and inspired him for so many years. The result is "a critical self-portrait", a sustained meditation on a life lived with and through the great works of the Western canon: Why has influence been my lifelong obsessive concern? Why have certain writers found me and not others? What is the end of a literary life? Featuring extended analyses of Bloom's most cherished poets - Shakespeare, Whitman, and Crane - as well as inspired appreciations of Emerson, Tennyson, Browning, Yeats, Ashbery, and others, "The Anatomy of Influence" adapts Bloom's classic work "The Anxiety of Influence" to show us what great literature is, how it comes to be, and why it matters. -- Back cover.