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Bloom, Harold (Author/Critic) & Rosenberg, David (Poet/Translator) . THE BOOK OF J. New York City, NY: Grove Weidenfeld, 1990. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 340 pages. Fine/Fine.

Landmark new translation of the original narrative underpinning the Holy Bible, with accompanying book-length commentary. One of the greatest books of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents the poet David Rosenberg's new translation of "The Book of J", the oldest of the texts that make up the Pentateuch, the first five books of both the Hebrew Bible and its Christian version, The Old Testament. The translation is fresh, vital, and modern by paradoxically being more faithful to the original and thereby reinforcing Harold Bloom's central assertion that "The Book of J" is a work of unsurpassable literary greatness. Although he now regrets making it, one of the most provocative theses in Bloom's commentary is that J was a woman, making her the first great storyteller (as well as one of the greatest storytellers ever, second only to Shakespeare, in Bloom's estimation) in the Western tradition. After all, J's greatest creation is God Himself, whom she characterizes as a raving lunatic, with a cruel, vindictive, and even murderous streak, scandalously at odds with the solemn and un-ironic God of normative Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the product of censoring, mis-reading, and mutilating palimpsest-revisions by unimaginative successor/re-writers of J's highly original creation. Bloom uses the words "irony" and "ironic" innumerable times to describe J's literary style because for Bloom, literature is irony and the essence of character is ironic. You do not have to be a believer to read and enjoy "The Book of J" and Bloom's stupendous commentary. On the contrary, being a believer, that is, reading the text as theology, will probably hinder the only way "The Book of J" should be read, that is, as the greatest literary text ever written by Woman. J is "a single, magnificent mind, holding reality together in the grand, single image of Yahweh, whom we may call J's awakened imagination" (Harold Bloom). An absolute "must-have" title for David Rosenberg and Harold Bloom collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen on the front free endpaper by the author: "In friendship, Harold Bloom". The recipient is named, and is unmistakably someone Harold Bloom knew personally. This title was a surprise bestseller and is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. All other copies available online have major flaws or are subsequent printings. A rare, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. Two of the greatest living writers on one of the greatest literary artists of all time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HAROLD BLOOM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0802110509. $300.00

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