Move Over A.S. Byatt, Bloom is Back

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Aug 05, 2003

Posted by Melissa Anelli
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Sylvia sent us this article from The Atlantic Online in which literary critic Harold Bloom again spouts off about Harry Potter, calling it “rubbish”. A quote:

I went round to the Yale bookstore and purchased an inexpensive paperback copy of the first volume. I could not believe what was in front of me. What I particularly could not bear was that it was just one clich� after another. In fact, I kept a little checklist on an envelope next to me, and every time any individuals were going, as you or I might say, to take a walk, they were going to “stretch their legs.” At the fiftieth or sixtieth stretching of the legs, that was too much for me.

Editorial note, solely for clarification: There is exactly one stretch of any leg in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone.





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