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[Harold] Brodkey produced fiction that was epic too, but chiefly in its elaboration of human intimacy. To read his prose is to be incarcerated in the situations of his characters; indeed, it is to be very nearly overwhelmed by them. ... Brodkey moved forward with new forms for rendering human consciousness. His protagonist was, almost always, "a mind shaped like a person." The action consisted of that mind discovering its thoughts.
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Newcomers are advised to start with "Innocence"
- collected in Stories in an Almost Classical Mode
, which Harold Bloom admitted into his version of the Western Canon.