The Modern Scholar

  • by Harold Bloom
  • Narrated by Harold Bloom
  • 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Shakespeare's seven great tragedies contain unmistakable elements that set them apart from any other plays ever written.In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare embodied in the character of Juliet the world's most impressive representation ever of a woman in love. With Julius Caesar, the great playwright produced a drama of astonishing and perpetual relevance. In Hamlet, Shakespeare created a character with the most brilliant mind in all of literature. And the character of Iago in Othello has been the very archetype of the villain ever since. King Lear presents audiences with unparalleled emotional and intellectual demands. Macbeth is a play of ruthless economy in which Shakespeare forces his audience into intimate sympathy with a man not far from being a mass murderer. Finally, in Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare created something entirely new: a vast political and historical conspectus involving the whole world.

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What did you like most about The Modern Scholar?

I`m always enthisiastic about The Modern Scholar. I`ve bought more than 20 books af them. I think it is my best way to learn English and simultaneously learning more about the whole world.


Who was your favorite character and why?

By Shakespeare I like most the tragedy of Cleopatra and about Othello. It`s amazing, how Shakespeare created real life figures. One can feel fear and love and all the others reasons.


Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I `velisten other books of Proffesor Bloom too. I like his emphasis und ggod understanding of the stuff.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh no. It`s really to long. But i heard it more than once. And I like it eveyry time more.


Any additional comments?

I recommend the book without reservation. It`s great.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-09-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books