Harold Bloom on April 12, 2002

UMass Dartmouth to award honorary doctorate to renowned literary critic Harold Bloom on April 12, 2002 Celebrated literary critic Harold Bloom will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a special ceremony on Friday, April 12. Nobel laureate, Dr. Jose Saramago, himself the recipient of an honorary doctorate from UMass Dartmouth in 1999, will participate

UMass Dartmouth to award honorary doctorate to renowned literary critic Harold Bloom on April 12, 2002 

Celebrated literary critic Harold Bloom will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a special ceremony on Friday, April 12. Nobel laureate, Dr. José Saramago, himself the recipient of an honorary doctorate from UMass Dartmouth in 1999, will participate. 

The honorary degree ceremony at UMass Dartmouth will be held at 12 p.m. in the Main Auditorium. The public is invited. Parking is in lots 4 and 5. 

Professor Bloom will also deliver a public lecture at 3:30 p.m. in the UMass Dartmouth library entitled, The Atlantic Sublime: Whitman, Pessoa, Saramago. Bloom and Saramago will sign copies of their books. Parking for this event is in lot 13. 

The university's Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture is also a co-sponsor of two later events with either Saramago, or with Saramago and Bloom. 

On Tuesday, April 16, the Celeste Bartos Forum of the New York Public Library will host A Conversation with Harold Bloom and José Saramago. The talk will be at 6 p.m. The Luso Development Foundation is also a co-sponsor. Tickets are available for $10 from the NYPL: phone-(212) 930-0571; or online http://www.nypl.org/ 

The Celeste Bartos Forum is located at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788 

On Friday, April 19, Saramago will make his first Boston public appearance from 1 - 5 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Columbia Point. 

Jointly sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, and the Kennedy Library, A Tribute to José Saramago: Contemporary Literature from the Portuguese-speaking World is free and open to the public. 

A reception honoring Saramago will follow from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Tickets to the reception are available for a $500, $250, or $100 contribution to the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. For information and to reserve a seat at the free symposium, or to purchase tickets for the VIP reception, telephone 1 (877)2-PORTUGAL (toll free). 

Bloom and Saramago are featured in the 6th edition of the literary journal published by the UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, directed by Prof. Frank Sousa. The journal was launched in Lisbon last spring. 

Harold Bloom is Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University and Berg Professor of English at New York University. A MacArthur genius award winner, he is the author of more than 20 books, including, The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry (1973); A Map of Misreading(1975); Kabbalah and Criticism (1975); Agon: Theory of Revisionism (1982); Ruin the Sacred Truths: Poetry and Belief from the Bible to the Present (1989); Book of J (1990); The American Religion: The Emergence of the Post-Christian Nation (1992); The Western Canon: The Books & School of the Ages (1994); Omens of Millennium: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams, & Resurrection (1996); and Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human (1998). 

He is also author of more than 1,000 articles and edited nearly 500 additional works. 

Saramago was awarded the 1998-1999 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first Portuguese-speaking author to win the most prestigious award in literature. Saramago's work has been translated into 30 languages, having won loyal readership in Portugal, Brazil, Spain, Italy and Germany. 

Prior to winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, his novels won critical acclaim in the United States. Among his novels translated into English are , The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (1992),The Gospel According to Jesus Christ (1994), The Stone Raft (1996), The History of the Siege of Lisbon (1998), Balthasar and Blimunda (1998), and Blindness (1999). 

Saramago's award-winning work includes poetry, essays, plays, and a diary, in addition to his novels. 

For more information on all of the events, telephone the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at (508) 999-8255.


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