Due to illness, professor Harold Bloom GRD ’56 will not teach the two classes he was scheduled to offer this coming semester.

English professor Leslie Brisman described Bloom as “gravely ill” in an e-mail to students in one of Bloom’s fall courses. Bloom has been in the hospital since December.

According to Yale’s Online Course Information, Bloom’s seminars “Shakespeare and the Canon: Tragedies and Romances” and “Four Twentieth-Century Poets: W. B. Yeats, Wallace Stevens, D. H. Lawrence, Hart Crane” have been cancelled.

The 79-year-old Sterling Professor of Humanities and literary critic, who has taught at Yale since 1955, also cancelled classes in the fall of 2007 due to illness and in the spring of 2008 due to a fall and subsequent hospitalization.

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