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ALLAN BLOOM, 62, author of the 1987 bestseller The Closing of the American Mind, a scathing critique of America's colleges and universities, died Wednesday in New York. Bloom, a University of Chicago professor, died of peptic ulcer bleeding complicated by liver failure. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Bloom the Charles Frankel Prize this year in recognition of his work, noting that his bestseller "continues to shape public and academic discussion." The book has sold more than a million copies.

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