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Bloom, Harold. WHERE SHALL WISDOM BE FOUND? . New York City, NY: Riverhead Books, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 284 pages. As New/As New.

Collection of essays on subject. One of Harold Bloom's finest achievements, it is, ten years later, the sequel to and companion volume of "The Western Canon" (1994). The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The title is famously from "The Book of Job". Written while Bloom was recovering from a life-threatening illness, it is dedicated to the American philosopher Richard Rorty, who died in 2007. "Bloom returns once more to sift through the Western canon, this time to discern and describe those writers whose brand of wisdom he holds in highest esteem. Beginning with Job and Ecclesiastes and ranging from Plato, Homer, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Montaigne, Francis Bacon, Dr. Johnson, and Goethe to Emerson, Nietzsche, Freud, and Proust, Bloom writes gracefully about each as he evaluates by comparison and teases out their subtle relationships" (Publishers Weekly). Harold Bloom's idiosyncratic version of the dialectic is literary rather than philosophical. The dramatic struggle between "authority" and "personality" is the overarching theme of his oversize body of work, whether it's specifically between orthodoxy versus heresy; The Holy Bible versus The Book of J; normative Judaism/Christianity versus mystical Kabbalah/Gnosticism. "Personality" prevails and becomes even-more-powerful and awe-inspiring "authority": If there is a more authoritative figure, intimidatingly so, than Harold Bloom in contemporary American literature, we do not know him or her. "Personality" is triumphant because it is more expressive, more subtle, and more multitudinous whereas "authority" inevitably becomes predictable, rigid, and ossified. So where shall wisdom be found? The choice is between "poetry" (literature) and "philosophy" (commentary). Do we need to choose between Homer and Plato (or Cormac McCarthy and Richard Rorty) ? No, we do not. We need and will find wisdom from both, "as long as we recognize that poetry is superior" (Harold Bloom). A "must-have" title for Harold Bloom collectors. This title is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. The greatest living literary critic. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HAROLD BLOOM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1573222844. $30.00

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