Harold Bloom – Macbeth: A Dagger of the Mind


From the ambitious and mad titular character to his devilish wife Lady Macbeth to the moral and noble Banquo to the mysterious Three Witches, Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare’s more brilliantly populated plays and remains among the most widely read, performed in innovative productions set in a vast array of times and locations, from Nazi Germany to Revolutionary Cuba. Macbeth is a distinguished warrior hero, who over the course of the play, transforms into a brutal, murderous villain and pays an extraordinary price for committing an evil act. A man consumed with ambition and self-doubt, Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most vital meditations on the dangerous corners of the human imagination.

Award-winning writer and beloved professor Harold Bloom investigates Macbeth’s interiority and unthinkable actions with razor-sharp insight, agility, and compassion. He also explores his own personal relationship to the character: Just as we encounter one Anna Karenina or Jay Gatsby when we are 17 and another when we are 40, Bloom writes about his shifting understanding – over the course of his own lifetime – of this endlessly compelling figure, so that the book also becomes an extraordinarily moving argument for literature as a path to and a measure of our humanity.

Author: Harold Bloom
Narrator: Simon Vance
Duration: 2 hours 47 minutes
Released: 19 Feb 2004
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

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I have to admit, I came into this book having read several other pieces that argue both for and against William Shakespeare as the author of his works.

This one was by far the best researched and best presented of them all.

It was interesting, compelling and kept me listening.

If you’ve read other books in the past or have never been presented with the concept of Shakespeare as the author of his works, you’ll be engaged.

Check it out!