Harold Bloom (born July 11, 1930) is an American professor and literary critic. Bloom was a defender of 19th-century Romantic poets at a time when their reputations were at a low ebb, the author of controversial theories of poetic influence, and an advocate of an aesthetic approach to literature against Marxist, New Historicist, Post-modernist, and other methods of academic literary criticism. He is the Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University and Berg Professor of English at New York University..
"I realized early on that the academy and the literary world alike -- and I don't think there really is a distinction between the two -- are always dominated by fools, knaves, charlatans and bureaucrats. And that being the case, any human being, male or female, of whatever status, who has a voice of her or his own, is not going to be liked."
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