Harold Bloom was born in New York in 1930. He studied at Cornell University and earned his Ph.D. at Yale in 1955. He has been on the Yale faculty since then, and is now Sterling Professor of the Humanities. He is the editor of more than thirty anthologies, and the author of sixteen books, including Shelley's Mythmaking (1959), The Visionary Company (1961), Blake }s Apocalypse (1963), Yeats (1970), Agon (1982), and an important “ tetralogy” of books on poetic influence: The Anxiety of Influence (1973), A Map of Misreading ( 1975), Kabbalah and Criticism (1975) and Poetry and Repression (1976). Bloom is now prepar ing more than two hundred introductions for the Chelsea House Modern Critical Views series, of which he is General Editor, and is also working on a full-scale study of all of Freud’s major writings, under the title Freud: Transference and Authority.