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Anxiety of Influence

Classic Literature Isn't Dead: No Ifs, Ands, or Buts

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 06.03.2012 | Books
Isabel Kaplan

Now, you might ask: What does the number of times the word "because" appears in a given work tell us about whether or not an author was influenced by classic literature? Nothing. The conclusions presented in the paper would be laughable -- if they weren't being taken seriously.

Harold Bloom: 'The Anatomy Of Influence'

nytimes.com | SAM TANENHAUS | Posted 07.22.2011 | Books

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 ki...