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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Allan Bloom  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: September 14, 1930 in Indianapolis, Indiana

Died: October 7, 1992 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Allan Bloom on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

At the age of 16 Allan and his family moved to Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Allan Bloom was a lecturer in Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago from 1955-1960. In 1979 he returned to the University of Chicago as professor of philosophy and political science with the Committee on Social Thought and the College until 1992.

Published Works

  • Shakespeare`s Politics, Basic Books, 1964
  • The Closing of the American Mind, How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today`s Students, Simon & Schuster, 1987
  • Giants and Dwarfs, Essays 1960-1990, Simon & Schuster, 1990
  • Love and Friendship, Simon & Schuster, 1993
  • Shakespeare on Love and Friendship, University of Chicago, 2000

Selected Titles At Your Library

Shakespeare's politics /
ISBN: 0226060411. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. 1981, ©1964.

Giants and dwarfs :
ISBN: 0671747266. OCLC Number:

Simon and Schuster,. London :. ©1991, ©1990.

Love and friendship /
ISBN: 0671891200. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. [1994], ©1993.

Shakespeare on love and friendship /
ISBN: 0226060454. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. 2000.

"William Shakespeare is the only classical author to remain widely popular - not only in America but throughout the world - and Allan Bloom argues that this is because no other writer holds up a truer mirror to human nature. Unlike the Romantics and other moderns, Shakespeare has no project for the betterment or salvation of mankind - his poetry simply gives us eyes to see what is there. In particular, we see the full variety of erotic connections, from the "star-crossed" devotions of Romeo and Juliet to the failed romance of Troilus and Cressida to the problematic friendship of Falstaff and Hal." "These highly original interpretations of the plays convey a deep respect for their author and a conviction that we still have much to learn from him. In Bloom's view, we live in a love-impoverished age; he asks us to turn once more to Shakespeare because the playwright gives us a rich vision of what is permanent in human nature without sharing our contemporary assumptions about erotic love."--Jacket.


Prix Jean-Jacques Rousseau from City of Geneva, 1987, for The Closing of the American Mind.