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Backstage: Harold Bloom

May 1, 2011

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"Literature for me is not merely the best part of life; it is itself the form of life, which has no other form."
--Harold Bloom, The Anatomy of Influence.

For the closing day of the PEN World Voices Festival 2011, HAROLD BLOOM, the Yale University's Sterling Professor the Humanities, joins Paul Holdengraber for a discussion LIVE from the NYPL. Now in his eighth decade, Bloom reflects back on his life-long love affair with literature. In a far-ranging conversation, Bloom revisits his classic work of literary criticism, The Anxiety of Influence. Bloom also discusses Till I End My Song, his recently published gathering of last poems, and his career-spanning "critical self-portrait" The Anatomy of Influence.