Bloom, Harold at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
U.S. literary critic. Born in New York City, he studied at Cornell and Yale and taught at Yale from 1955. In The Anxiety of Influence (1973) and A Map of Misreading (1975), he suggested that poetry results from poets deliberately misreading the works that both influence and threaten them. In The Book of J (1990), he speculated that the earliest known biblical texts were written by a woman with principally literary intentions. His best-selling The Western Canon (1994) identifies 26 canonical Western writers and argues against the politicization of literary study.