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The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible

 
 
Author
Harold Bloom.
Publisher Yale  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.95 x 5.15 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9780300187946
Pages/Publication Date 311/2011
Daedalus Item Code 52770
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The King James Bible stands at "the sublime summit of literature in English," sharing the honor only with Shakespeare, Harold Bloom contends in the opening pages of this illuminating literary tour—one in which he brings to bear the full weight of his remarkable literary powers. Bloom calls it an "inexplicable wonder" that a rather undistinguished group of writers could bring forth such a magnificent work of literature, and he credits William Tyndale as their fountainhead. Reading the King James Bible alongside Tyndale's Bible, the Geneva Bible, and the original Hebrew and Greek texts, Bloom highlights how the translators and editors improved upon—or, in some cases, diminished—the earlier versions. He invites readers to hear the baroque inventiveness in such sublime books as the Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, and Job, and alerts us to the echoes of the King James Bible in works from the Romantic period to the present day. Throughout, Bloom makes an impassioned and convincing case for reading the King James Bible as literature, free from dogma and with an appreciation of its enduring aesthetic value.

"Bloom ... has many arresting things to say and says them, often, with exquisite precision. He is, by any reckoning, one of the most stimulating literary presences of the last half-century—and one of the most protean, a singular breed of scholar-teacher-critic-prose-poet-pamphleteer."—NYTBR

 
 
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