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: Bloom, for several decades, is considered the most influential critic and has established a map of readings –personal, but always accurate– of western literature through his many books. This volume is devoted to the novel and its creators, and throughout its pages Bloom makes a journey through the peaks and the major works of his story. From the inevitable Cervantes to contemporary authors like Roth, DeLillo or Pynchon, to Defoe, Dostoyevsky, Musil or Hemingway, a hundred novels and over fifty authors are reviewed here with a passion and clarity that is surprising. A rigorous compendium and at the same time, serving as informative "reading guide" or firm commitment of the major works that remain over time. Eccentric reviews, memories of readings, philias, phobias and more than a surprise, Harold Bloom has written in Novels and novelists some of the best pages about the great universal storytellers.