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Bloom, Harold (Editor); Andersen, Hans Christian; Shakespeare, William & Other Authors . STORIES AND POEMS FOR EXTREMELY INTELLIGENT CHILDREN OF ALL AGES. New York City, NY: Scribner, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 575 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of stories and poems. One of the best collections of its kind ever published in our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Harold Bloom's "Stories And Poems For Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages". A brilliant and rewarding reminder-selection of the greatest short stories and poems in the Western tradition. The key phrase of the extremely long title is "of all ages", which makes Bloom's selection "elitist" and inclusive at the same time. That is, he means ALL serious readers. As anyone familiar with Bloom's aesthetics, not just critical standards, of superior intelligence knows, the title is not pretentious but ironic. He gives grown-ups avid permission to dip into his book because there is much in it to discover, re-discover, and treasure. As Bloom repeatedly makes clear, the choice is not between The Old and The New (we need them both) but between what's great and what's mediocre (we need only the former). The choice would seem to be obvious, but it really isn't in our prevailing culture of identity politics. As such, Bloom's book is a refreshing antidote to the meretricious derivative products being packaged and marketed today by publishers and their hack-writers. Beware: Bloom savors irony of the most pungent, uncompromising kind. He believes that a sense of irony must be instilled at a very young age (even though it is never too late to develop one at any age). Dismissive of contemporary children's literature, Bloom stubbornly insists once more that we go back to the great ironic writers: "Children's literature is a mask for the dumbing-down that is destroying our literary culture. Most of what is now commercially offered as children's literature would be inadequate fare for any reader of any age at any time" (Harold Bloom). "Every single one of these masterpieces is worthy of reading, re-reading, and reading aloud. Includes Aesop, Rudyard Kipling, Edward Lear, Christina Rossetti, Lewis Carroll, Robert Louis Stevenson, Christopher Smart, William Shakespeare, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and many more" (Margaret Chang). An absolute "must-have" title for Harold Bloom collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Harold Bloom. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. The greatest literary critic of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER HAROLD BLOOM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0684868733. $200.00

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