The Closing of the American Mind.

“Education is the movement from darkness to light": The Closing of the American Mind; Inscribed by Allan Bloom

The Closing of the American Mind.

BLOOM, Allan; Foreword by Saul Bellow.


Item Number: 22016

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987.

First edition, early printing of Bloom’s landmark work. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Richard A. Ware, One of the most admirable men I have met during my career and my special benefactor. Gratefully, Allan Bloom September, 1987.” The recipient Richard A. Ware served under President Richard Nixon as acting assistant secretary of defense and who was later appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the Board of Foreign Scholarships. He was later named president of the Earhart Foundation, which is an American private charitable foundation that funded research and scholarship. It was founded in 1929 by oil executive Harry Boyd Earhart. Stamp of the Earhart Foundation on the front free endpaper crossed out, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Foreword by Saul Bellow. Books signed by Bloom are rare.

“The Closing of the American Mind is brilliant. . . . No other book combines such shrewd insights into our current state. . . . No other book is at once so lively and so deep, so witty and so thoughtful, so outrageous and so sensible, so amusing and so chilling. . . . An extraordinary book” (William Kristol The Wall Street Journal). Named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 best and most influential non-fiction books since 1923.

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