Title: OMENS OF MILLENNIUM: THE GNOSIS OF ANGELS, ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Riverhead Books, 1996
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 255 pages. Published in 1996. The author's book-length account on subject. One of Harold Bloom's finest achievements. Review Copy. Review Materials laid-in. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Harold Bloom's "Omens of Millennium". Ominous beginnings. As the 21st century (abysmally) unfolds, Western culture is fascinated once again with angels, aliens (that is, bad angels or demons), and other otherworldly beings. Harold Bloom pulls us back to show with characteristic clarity and insight that our current longings are atavistically derived from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. Angels are harbingers of Apocalypse, expressing our very real anxieties about the end of the world. As such, they are a very real threat to science and its principal invention, our post-modern, consumerist society. Always on the mark, Bloom contends that, using technology's dazzling "special effects", shallow, escapist, and triumphalist popular culture has sought to contain and diminish a great tradition that has inspired some of the greatest Western artists and thinkers such as John Milton, William Blake, and of course, Shakespeare. He restores the "angelic" to its rightful place, as the transcendent image of the "all-too-human". "Draws on his life-long study of religion and in particular, the belief that God is not an external force but resides within each one of us. Through the ancient literature of Jewish Kabbalah, Christian Gnosticism, and Muslim Shiite Sufism, he reveals to us angels not as the kitschy cherubs we know today but as magnificent, terrifying beings who have always played a central role in Western culture. He allows us to feel their splendor and to experience the powerful role that dreams and near-death experiences have held throughout the centuries. In the dazzling final chapter, he delivers a Gnostic Sermon in which he urges us toward transcendence. Harold Bloom has written a book whose triumph is not only its synthesis of centuries of religious thought but its deep spirituality, through which we come to know and mourn a religious experience no longer available to us" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Harold Bloom collectors. This is a Review Copy. All of the Review Materials that come with this copy are laid into a protective plastic sheet. It 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, as many copies available online are. Bloom's signature (which has become unsteady with old age and illness) is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of 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 1573220450. Bookseller Inventory # 15663
Synopsis: The author of The Book of J explores the origins and significance of angels, symbolic dreams, and near-death experiences, showing how the contemporary interest in them is a basic aspect of humanity. QPB & One Spirit Alt.
Review: Angels, prophetic dreams, and resurrection -- as we approach the millennium, American culture is increasingly fascinated with what many consider to be "new age" phenomena. Yet our current millennial preoccupations are derived from the ancient Hebraic, Christian, and Sufi traditions; they are neither ephemeral nor trivial. They have inspired and captivated the greatest of Western thinkers, from antiquity to Milton, Blake and Shakespeare.
What are the angels? And where does our notion of them originate? What role have dreams played in the history of human consciousness? What is the link between angels, prophetic dreams, and near-death experiences? How are these phenomena relevant to us today, as we approach the 21st century?
In this commanding and impassioned inquiry, Harold Bloom draws on a life-long study of religion and, in particular, of Gnosticism, the knowledge that God is not an external force but resides within each one of us. Through the ancient literature of Jewish Kabbalah, Christian Gnosticism, and Muslim Shi`ite Sufism, he reveals to us the angels not as the kitschy cherubs we know today, but as magnificent, terrifying, sublime beings who have always played a central role in Western culture. He allows us to feel their splendor, and to experience the powerful role that dreams and near-death experiences have held throughout the centuries. And in the dazzling final chapter, he delivers a Gnostic sermon in which he urges us toward transcendence.
In Omens of Millennium, Harold Bloom has written a book whose triumph is not only its synthesis of centuries of religious thought, but its deep spirituality, through which we come to know - and to mourn - a religious experience no longer available to us. A brilliant and provocative book, sure to engender as much discussion as his books The Western Canon and The Book of J.
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