Here is a pointer to an article in "The New York Times on the Web"
that I thought would interest some.
September 25, 1994
Colossus Among Critics: Harold Bloom
By ADAM BEGLEY
But the lists are not at all the meat of "The Western Canon." Even if
the "declining old Bloom" is spreading himself too thin, or blowing the
same note too many times, he's still a wonderful reader. His enthusiasm
for literature is a joyous intoxicant. He scatters insight with manic
profligacy. M. H. Abrams, Bloom's mentor nearly half a century ago,
ponied up a blurb for "The Western Canon." Reading Bloom's commentaries,
Abrams wrote, "is like reading classic authors by flashes of lightning."
Though Abrams intended an unalloyed compliment, the image works two
ways: The illumination is sporadic -- and yet thrilling, unpredictable,
powerful in effect.