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Harold Bloom -- whose latest book is Macbeth: A Dagger of the Mind (Simon & Schuster) -- is the preeminent votary of what has been called "an insane worship of Shakespeare which has no rational foundation." It is a cult that ignores Shakespeare's role in perpetuating a culture of violence, domination and nakedly elitist attitudes. "The fundamental inner cause of Shakespeare's fame," one critic has suggested, "was and is this: that his dramas … corresponded to the [oppressive] frame of mind of the upper classes of his time."

Typical tenured-radical political correctness! More of the endless trashing of the canon of literary masterpieces, right? Actually I'm quoting Leo Tolstoy, whose spot in the pantheon of dead white European male authors seems reasonably secure. But in his mid-seventies, after some five decades of accumulated bewilderment at Shakespeare's reputation and influence, the novelist finally exploded into print with his considered opinion.

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