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Joy of Reading - Charles Lincoln Van Doren

Paperback Published: 1st April 2008
ISBN: 9781402211607
Number Of Pages: 676

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"Charles Van Doren has laid a feast before all of us that is irresistible." -Mortimer J. Adler

This engaging love letter to reading follows the great authors and classics that transformed the world: from Aristotle and Herodotus in ancient Greece to Salinger and Heinlein in 20th century America. Like a professor whose enthusiasm enwraps his students, Van Doren explains what's wonderful in the books you've missed and awakens your desire to reopen the books you already know.

Divided chronologically by the periods in which these classics were written, each book is put in its historical context and brought to life by Van Doren's brilliant analysis. The Joy of Reading delves into a wide range of genres-fiction, poetry, drama, children's books, philosophy, history and science. This is the one book that brings together everything you need to know about the classics you missed and ignites your passion to read and reread the greatest books the world has ever known.

This book is the fruit of a lifelong love affair. Reading, I believe, is my favorite thing to do; books and I have been inseparable almost as long as I can remember ... To this day, I become distressed if I am anywhere without a book, a magazine, a newspaper, any scrap of paper to read .... I like the smell of books, certainly the feel of them. Life without books would be, for me, a vacant horror."
-Charles Van Doren

"Nothing recommends the joy of reading better than the communication of it by a person who has spent a lifetime enriched by the delights of reading. Charles Van Doren is that kind of reader. He has laid a feast before us that is irresistible."
-Mortimer J. Adler, author of How to Read a Book

"Mr. Van Doren is that rarity, a truly well read man who reads not for professional purposes but for pleasure. His book spurs us on to explore more deeply and joyfully the infinitely varied terrain of good books."
-Clifton Fadiman, author of The New Lifetime Reading Plan: The Classical Guide to World Literature

The Golden Age Homer
After the Fall
The Silver Age of Tyranny
Marcus Aurelius-
The Middle Age
Anonymous (The Song of Roland)
Anonymous (The Tumbler of Our Lady)
Joseph BTdier
Thomas Aquinas
Dante Alighieri- Geoffrey Chaucer
The Renaissance, Part One
Frantois Rabelais
Niccol= Machiavelli Nicolaus Copernicus
William Gilbert
Johannes Kepler
Galileo Galilei- Francis Bacon
Michel de Montaigne
William Shakespeare
Miguel de Cervantes
The Renaissance, Part Two
RenT Descartes
Jean de La Fontaine
Blaise Pascal
John Donne
George Herbert
Robert Herrick
Thomas Hobbes
John Milton
Andrew Marvell
Benedict de Spinoza
The Age of Reason
Isaac Newton
Isaac Newton and Christiaan Huygens
John Dryden
Alexander Pope
Daniel Defoe
William Congreve
. . . and Revolution
John Locke
John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Henry Fielding
James Boswell
Robert Burns
William Blake
William Wordsworth
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Thomas Jefferson
Abraham Lincoln
Romantic Spirits
Lord Byron
Percy Bysshe Shelley
John Keats
Jane Austen
HonorT de Balzac
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Critics and Seers
Claude Bernard
Charles Darwin
John Stuart Mill
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Charles Baudelaire
Charles Dickens
George Eliot
Walt Whitman
Emily Dickinson
Matthew Arnold
Mark Twain
Henry Adams
Some Victorians and Others
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Herman Melville
Ivan Turgenev
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Leo Tolstoy
Robert Browning Lewis Carroll
Thomas Hardy
William James
Henry James
Arthur Conan Doyle
Rudyard Kipling
Turn of the Century
Sigmund Freud
C.P. Cavafy
Alfred North Whitehead
William Butler Yeats
J.M. Synge
Beatrix Potter
Robert Frost
Wallace Stevens
Thomas Mann
Edith Wharton
Willa Cather
+tienne Gilson
James Joyce
Henrik Ibsen
Bernard Shaw
Entre Deux Guerres Eugen Herrigel
Isak Dinesen
Virginia Woolf
Franz Kafka
Austin Tappan Wright
Ringgold "Ring" Lardner
Erwin Schr÷dinger
William Carlos Williams
Marianne Moore
T.S. Eliot
Ezra Pound
Eugene O'Neill
Nancy Mitford
C.S. Lewis
J.R.R. Tolkien
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ernest Hemingway
E.B. White
James Thurber
Archibald MacLeish
Mark Van Doren
Antoine de Saint-ExupTry
Hiroshima and After
John Hersey
Walter M. Miller, JrCharles Galton Darwin Fernand Braudel
Mortimer J. Adler
John Steinbeck
George Orwell
T.H. White
Samuel Beckett
Robert A. Heinlein
W.H. Auden
Margaret Wise Brown
Elizabeth Bishop
Tennessee Williams
Richard Wilbur
Albert Camus
Arthur Miller
Arthur C. Clarke
J.D. Salinger
Julian Jaynes
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Only Yesterday
Fred Bodsworth
Primo Levi
Leo Rosten
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr
JosT Saramago
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ISBN: 9781402211607
ISBN-10: 1402211600
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 676
Published: 1st April 2008
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 0.88
Edition Number: 1