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Bloom, Harold (Author) & Podwal, Mark (Artist). FALLEN ANGELS. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 71 pages. As New/As New.

Book-length essay on subject, acompanied by original art. One of the finest and most beautiful books on subject. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent printings. Published in a relatively small and limited print run as a hardcover original only by a University Press. A brilliant production by Mark Podwal: Small-size volume format. Deep blue cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Text by Harold Bloom. Art by Mark Podwal. The latter are called "illuminations", and include "Good Versus Evil" on the cover, one of the finest contemporary renditions of religious iconography. Printed on pristine-white thick coated stock paper by EuroGraphica SPA in Italy to the very highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Harold Bloom's heterodox interpretation of the meaning of angels in a handsome collectible format. The art by Mark Podwal is integral to the book, worthy of being called illuminations because they are not mere additions. "Harold Bloom begins by observing our present-day obsession with angels, which reached its greatest intensity as the current millennium approached. Bloom is especially concerned with a particular sub-species of angels: Fallen angels. He proceeds to examine representations of fallen angels from Zoroastrian texts and the Bible to Milton's 'Paradise Lost' to Tony Kushner's 'Angels in America', arguing that familiarity with this rich literary tradition improves our reading and spiritual lives. Bloom's text is accompanied by original watercolors, line drawings, and illuminated letters by award-winning artist Mark Podwal. Every angel is terrifying, Rilke wrote. For Bloom, too, this is true in one sense, since he maintains that all angels are fallen angels. The image of Satan, the greatest of fallen angels, retains the ability to fascinate and frighten us, he argues, because we share a close kinship with him. Indeed, from a human perspective, we must agree that we are fallen angels. Fallen-ness is ultimately a human condition: The recognition of our own mortality. Throughout world literature, angels have always served as metaphors for death. We may take consolation, however, in our double awareness that angels also represent love and the celebration of human possibilities" (Publisher's blurb). "Otherness is the essence of angels, but then it is our essence also" (Harold Bloom). A "must-have" title for Harold Bloom collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of relatively few copies of the First Hardcover Edition (complete number line ending in 1) still available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. 12 color plates. The greatest living literary critic. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HAROLD BLOOM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0300123485. $20.00

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