Born: Established: 11 Jul 1930 New York (City) ;
An American literary critic, Harold Bloom has been Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, Berg Professor of English at New York University, and Charles Eliot Norton Professor at Harvard. His published works range across the areas of Shakespeare, the Bible and the classics and include Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, The Western Canon, and The Anxiety of Influence.
Bloom has been awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the recipient of numerous awards, including the Academy's Gold Medal for Criticism, and he has received honorary degrees from the Universities of Rome and Bologna.