Omsider seiler vi inn i mer kjente litterære farvann, ja, endog til Skandinavia og Ibsen. Mange saftige godbiter i denne listen! Balzac, Flaubert, Hugo, Stendhal, Zola, Austen, Scott . . . og selvsagt flere.
Om "The Democratic Age" (år 1832-1900) skriver Bloom:
- - - I have located Vico's Democratic Age in the post-Goethean nineteenth century, when the literature of Italy and Spain ebbs, yielding eminence to England with its renaissance of the Renaissance in Romanticism, and to a lesser degree to France and Germany. This is also the era where the strength of both Russian and American literature begins.
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