Posner’s Anxiety, Cardozo’s Influence

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5 Responses

  1. Vladimir says:


    This project brought a big smile to my face. It sounds wonderful and exciting. If you haven’t already, check out Walter Jackson Bate’s “The Burden of the Past and the English Poet” (1970), a book published shortly before Bloom’s, which makes similar points, perhaps more elegantly and certainly less grandly. It’s a short book, and a treasure.

  2. Christa says:

    How fun!
    I’m curious about methods, unless they are secret: did you read Bloom’s The Anxiety of Influence and then think of the comparisons to Posner and Cardozo, did you find the comparisons first and then search for the right container, or did you remember Bloom’s The Anxiety of Influence from reading it some time previously so that you could access it in your mind as you were writing your article?

  3. Paul Gowder says:

    Cue comparisons to academia, especially academics’ relationships to their advisers.

  4. Lawrence Cunningham says:

    Thanks to all three for the kind words and good comments. Re Christa: Nice question and the answer is somewhat complex. In short, though, it was always in the back of mind to bring Bloom into the picture But at the end, after the entire draft was written, with analysis unaffected by the prospect. When done, I went back to Bloom and did the thinking, and it actually fit.