"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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