Title: GENIUS: A MOSAIC OF ONE HUNDRED EXEMPLARY ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Warner Books, 2002
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 815 pages. Published in 2002. Collection of essays on subject. One of Harold Bloom's greatest achievements. 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 "Genius". A book-length celebration ("commentary" does not quite do justice in this context) of genius, presented in the most idiosyncratic way possible by the one literary critic who is himself a genius. Bloom defines genius, and then proceeds to present writers who fit the bill through "lustres" that are based on the ten names in the Kabbalah for God's multitudinous genius. Bloom is not a religious believer, not even of the Kabbalah, but he does believe in genius, with Shakespeare being the one true God for him. Now, the central idea of art in our time is fashion rather than greatness, that is, whoever is "hot" is "great". Bloom is not the only figure who finds this pervasive idea meretricious, but he has surely been the most unflagging and rebarbative. It would not be reductive to say that Bloom's life-work has been about the idea of greatness, most expressively so in such books as "The Western Canon" (1994), "Shakespeare: The Invention of The Human" (1998), and "Where Shall Wisdom Be Found" (2004). The beauty of "Genius" is akin to "The Western Canon", as Bloom juxtaposes the inescapable, well-known greats with the lesser-known but no-less-greats, particularly Latin-American writers such as Machado de Assis and Alejo Carpentier, the founders of Magical Realism. A book that is speculative, playfully so, it is "not a work of analysis or of close reading but of surmise and juxtaposition" (Harold Bloom). An absolute "must-have" title for Harold Bloom collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, dated, and inscribed in black pen on the title page by the author: "On April 1, 2007 Harold Bloom". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient is named. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still 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 0446527173. Bookseller Inventory # 15696
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