How to Read and Why - my favourite book of literary criticism.
"We read deeply for varied reasons, most of them familiar: that we cannot know enough people profoundly enough; that we need to know ourselves better; that we require knowledge, not just of self and others, but of the way things are. Yet the strongest, most authentic motive for deep reading of the now much-abused traditional canon is the search for a difficult pleasure."
Harold Bloom is amazing. I always learn so much from his wise commentary on books I loved and books I haven’t got around to reading yet.