Hailed as "the indispensable critic" by The New York Review of Books, Harold Bloom turns at long last to his beloved writers of our national literature in one of his most incisive and profoundly personal books to date. Pairing Walt Whitman with Herman Melville, Ralph Waldo Emerson with Emily Diekinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne with Henry James, Mark Twain with Robert Frost, Wallace Slovens with T. S. Eliot, and William Faulkner with Hart Crane, Bloom places these writers' works in conversation with one another, exploring their relationship to the "daemon"-the spark of genius-and their preoccupation with the sublime. A product of five years of writing and a lifetime of reading and scholarship, The Daemon Knows may be Bloom's most masterly book yet. Book jacket.
The Daemon Knows
Random House Publishing Group
Literary Greatness and the American Sublime
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