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Phone: (410) 516-7160 | Fax (410) 516-5251

February 14, 2003
CONTACT: Amy Cowles
(410) 516-7800

Harold Bloom to Give
Turnbull Memorial Poetry Lecture

Harold Bloom, renowned literary critic and best- selling author, will give the Percy Graeme Turnbull Memorial Poetry Lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in 111 Mergenthaler Hall on The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

Bloom is Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, Berg Professor of English at New York University, and a former Charles Eliot Norton Professor at Harvard University. He has written more than 20 books, including the recent Genius and the best-selling The Western Canon, The Book of J, and Shakespeare: Invention of the Human. Bloom is a MacArthur Prize fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees. In 1999, he received the Gold Medal for Belles Lettres and Criticism from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2001, he was awarded the International Prize of Catalonia.

Bloom's latest book, Hamlet: Poem Unlimited, is scheduled for release on March 10 by Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc. While Shakespeare: Invention of the Human examines every Shakespeare play, Hamlet: Poem Unlimited focuses on the artistic "infinite reverberations" of Shakespeare's most enigmatic and memorable work.

The Turnbull Poetry Lecture, given through the generosity of a gift made in 1889 in memory of Percy Graeme Turnbull (1878-87), has brought to Homewood some of the most distinguished voices in American poetry and criticism, including Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, W.H. Auden, Charles Eliot Norton, R.P. Blackmur, Northrop Frye and W.S. Merwin.

In anticipation to the lecture, Bloom will host a book-signing session from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, in the Johns Hopkins University Bookcenter in the basement of Gilman Hall. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the university's Writing Seminars at (410) 516-6286. Members of the media who are interested in speaking with Bloom during his stay in Baltimore may contact Amy Cowles at 410-516-7160.

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