This Week's Interview

Literary Criticism

Harold Bloom

From the Archive: The distinguished literary critic gives us his trenchant views on American education and politics today, and tells us about five great works of literary scholarship that have influenced him

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Book of the Day


The Pattern of English Building

by Alec Clifton-Taylor

“It’s a brilliant view of England from underneath. The best picture in it – and who’d have thought geology was so interesting?”

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