The Shadow of a Great Rock Paperback

A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible

by Harold Bloom;

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The Shadow of a Great Rock

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The King James Bible stands at 'the sublime summit of literature in English', sharing the honour only with Shakespeare, Harold Bloom contends in the opening pages of this illuminating literary tour. Distilling the insights acquired from a significant portion of his career as a brilliant critic and teacher, he offers readers at last the book he has been writing 'all my long life', a magisterial and intimately perceptive reading of the King James Bible as a literary masterpiece. Bloom calls it an 'inexplicable wonder' that a rather undistinguished group of writers could bring forth such a magnificent work of literature, and he credits William Tyndale as their fountainhead. Reading the King James Bible alongside Tyndale's Bible, the Geneva Bible, and the original Hebrew and Greek texts, Bloom highlights how the translators and editors improved upon - or, in some cases, diminished - the earlier versions. He invites readers to hear the baroque inventiveness in such sublime books as the "Songs of Songs", "Ecclesiastes", and "Job", and alerts us to the echoes of the King James Bible in works from the Romantic period to the present day.Throughout, Bloom makes an impassioned and convincing case for reading the King James Bible as literature, free from dogma and with an appreciation of its enduring aesthetic value.

The Shadow of a Great Rock by Harold Bloom was published by Yale University Press in October 2012 and is our 50415th best seller. The ISBN for The Shadow of a Great Rock is 9780300187946.

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Details for The Shadow of a Great Rock

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherYale University Press (October 2012)
Number of Pages256
Thickness23 mm
Height210 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4038266
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