The Invention of the Human
By Harold Bloom
Riverhead Hardcover, Hardcover, 9781573221207, 745pp.
Publication Date: October 26, 1998
According to a New York Times report on Shakespeare last year, "more people are watching him, reading him, and studying him than ever before". Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human is a landmark contribution, a book that will be celebrated and read for many years to come. It explains why Shakespeare has remained our most popular playwright for more than four hundred years, and in helping us to understand ourselves through literature, it restores the role of critic to one of central importance to our culture.