The Chaotic Age: A Canonical Prophecy

The Chaotic Age: A Canonical Prophecy is part IV of Harold Bloom’s Western canon.

D . W. taylor writes this:

In The Western Canon; The Books and School of the Age (1994), Harold Bloom examines the Western literary tradition by concentrating on the works of twenty-six authors central to the Canon. Bloom concludes his work with an extensive bibliography covering 36 two-columned pages. Here he provides an extensive list of essential writers and books – his version of the Canon. The list is divided into four chronological ages: Theocratic, Aristocratic, Democratic, and Chaotic. Each of these is presented as a separate file at this site. He writes about the fourth part of the Canon as follows. “I am not as confident about this list as the other three. Cultural prophecy is always a mug’s game. Not all of the works here can prove to be canonical; literary overpopulation is a hazard to many among them. But I have neither excluded nor included on the basis of cultural politics of any sort. What I have omitted seem to me fated to become period pieces: even their ‘multiculturist’ supporters will turn against them in another two generations or so, in order to clear space for better writings.” See Bloom’s book for his recommended translations and his elegant, perceptive, and cutting criticism. —http://home.comcast.net/~dwtaylor1/chaoticcanon.html [Aug 2005]

The full list of titles (per country) is available from D. W. Taylor’s site.

See also:
Western canonHarold Bloom1994classic novels