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The "Western Canon". This is a big part of why you think the way you do. (Not to be confused with the "Western Conan".)

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Harold Bloom Creates a Massive List of Works in The “Western Canon”: Read Many of the Books Free Online

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1.The classic Western canon is the most important source of literary texts. 2.Definition is the same as comprehension. 3.Writing is the most important communication tool. 4.The writing process is enough to make students better writers. 5.Reading aloud to students becomes less important as students get older.

#Repost @alexberggruen with @repostapp ・・・ A commanding #SamFrancis painting in our current "#ZaoWouKi and #AbstractExpressionism" exhibition at #Christies -- this show explores the connections and conversations between the avant-garde abstract works of Chinese-French artist Zao Wou-ki, and several prime examples by the stars of the Western canon like #FranzKline, #JoanMitchell, and #Francis -- the present canvas, "Why Then Opened II" from 1962-1963, boasts a playful array of amoebic forms…

The Western Canon : Harold Bloom - anything by this guy is really worth reading, digesting, and thinking about.

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In the Western classical tradition, Homer is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest ancient Greek epic poet. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.

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Herman Melville (1819 – 1891) was an American novelist, poet, and writer of short stories. His contributions to the Western canon are the whaling novel Moby-Dick (1851); the short work Bartleby, the Scrivener (1853) about a clerk in a Wall Street office; the slave ship narrative Benito Cereno (1855); and Billy Budd, Sailor (1924).

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