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Allan Bloom

Allan BloomAKA Allan David Bloom

Born: 14-Sep-1930
Birthplace: Indianapolis, IN
Died: 7-Oct-1992
Location of death: Chicago, IL
Cause of death: Liver Failure [1]

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay [2]
Occupation: Philosopher

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Closing of the American Mind


[1] Peptic ulcer bleeding, liver failure (died in hospital). Likely AIDS related.

[2] Per Saul Bellow, Ravelstein (2000), a thinly disguised novel based on Allan Bloom's life. Bellow was a close friend of Bloom, and the stipulations in this novel -- that Bloom was gay and suffered from AIDS -- have been accepted as based in fact. See D.T. Max, "With Friends Like Saul Bellow", The New York Times Magazine, 16 April 2000.

    University: BA, University of Chicago (1949)
    University: MA, University of Chicago (1953)
    University: PhD, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago (1955)
    Professor: University of Chicago (1955-60)
    Professor: Yale University (1962-63)
    Professor: Cornell University (1963-70)
    Professor: Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago (1979-92)

    Risk Factors: AIDS

Author of books:
Shakespeare's Politics (1981, with Harry V. Jaffa)
The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students (1987)
Giants and Dwarfs: Essays (1960-1990, 1990)
Love & Friendship (1993)



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