Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages

Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages

by Harold Bloom


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"If readers are to come to Shakespeare and to Chekhov, to Henry James and to Jane Austen, then they are best prepared if they have read Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, Robert Louis Stevenson and Rudyard Kipling," writes Harold Bloom in his introduction to this enchanting and much-needed anthology of exceptional stories and poems selected to inspire a lifelong love of reading. As television, video games, and the Internet threaten to distract young people from the solitary pleasures of reading, Bloom presents a volume that will amuse, challenge, and beguile readers with its myriad voices and subjects.
Here are old favorites by beloved writers of children's literature, as well as exciting rediscoveries and wonderful works penned by writers better known for their adult classics, such as Herman Melville, Leo Tolstoy, Edith Wharton, and Walt Whitman. Encompassing the natural world and the supernatural; childhood, romance, and death; pets, wild animals, and goblins; mystery, adventure, and humor; the selections reflect the passion and erudition of our most revered literary critic. Arranged by season, Stories and Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages is a must-have anthology, sure to delight readers young and old for years to come.

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The New York Times Magazine A colossus among critics.... His enthusiasm for literature is a joyous intoxicant.

Michael Pakenham The Baltimore Sun Bloom, one of this nation's premier intellects, draws together and makes sense of the purpose of the smartest, most enduring tales and poetry written primarily for children. The result is delightful reading.

John Mark Eberhart The Kansas City Star This volume...should indeed be shared by the generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684868745
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 10/02/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 197,644
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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