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Harold Bloom: 'The Anatomy Of Influence' New York Times Book Review

05/22/2011 10:33 am ET | Updated Jul 22, 2011

At the age of 80, with almost 40 books behind him and nearly as many accumulated honors, Harold Bloom has written, in "The Anatomy of Influence," a kind of summing-up -- or, as he puts it in his distinctive idiom, mixing irony with histrionism, "my virtual swan song," born of his urge "to say in one place most of what I have learned to think about how influence works in imaginative literature."

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