Lived 1930-1992. Former professor on the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Author of The Closing of the American Mind (1987), a pointed criticism on the failures of the American university system, pop culture, and morality. He heavily promoted exposure to classic literature as the way to properly teach children societal values and morals.

Liberals--shocked by Bloom's anti-political correctness and his criticisms on feminism-- labeled him an "ultra-conservative." Over a decade after "Closing" surged to the top of bestseller lists, heated debate continues on education's failures.

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