We joke about Harold Bloom here on the site, but the truth is I don’t know much about the man. I have “Invention of the Human”, and I’m not lying when I say that I can’t finish it. That doesn’t necessarily say anything about the man, however – I adore Isaac Asimov, and I have trouble with his tome as well.
It’s unfortunate, then, to report on Professor Bloom’s failing health:
English professor Leslie Brisman described Bloom as “gravely ill” in a Jan. 7 e-mail to students in Bloom’s fall seminar, “Shakespeare and the Canon: Histories, Comedies and Poems.” Bloom has been in the hospital since December.
For those that are interested, somebody’s set up a Get Well Harold account on Twitter for sending him well wishes.