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The Well-Educated Mind : A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had - Susan Wise Bauer

The Well-Educated Mind

A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had

Hardcover Published: 16th November 2015
ISBN: 9780393080964
Number Of Pages: 480

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Have you lost the art of reading for pleasure? Are there books you know you should read but haven't because they seem too daunting? In The Well-Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer provides a welcome and encouraging antidote to the distractions of our age, electronic and otherwise. Newly expanded and updated to include standout works from the twenty-first century as well as essential readings in science (from the earliest works of Hippocrates to the discovery of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs), The Well-Educated Mind offers brief, entertaining histories of six literary genres-fiction, autobiography, history, drama, poetry, and science-accompanied by detailed instructions on how to read each type.

The annotated lists at the end of each chapter-ranging from Cervantes to Cormac McCarthy, Herodotus to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Aristotle to Stephen Hawking-preview recommended reading and encourage readers to make vital connections between ancient traditions and contemporary writing. The Well-Educated Mind reassures those readers who worry that they read too slowly or with below-average comprehension. If you can understand a daily newspaper, there's no reason you can't read and enjoy Shakespeare's sonnets or Jane Eyre. But no one should attempt to read the "Great Books" without a guide and a plan.

Bauer will show you how to allocate time to reading on a regular basis; how to master difficult arguments; how to make personal and literary judgments about what you read; how to appreciate the resonant links among texts within a genre-what does Anna Karenina owe to Madame Bovary?-and also between genres. In her best-selling work on home education, The Well-Trained Mind, the author provided a road map of classical education for parents wishing to home-school their children; that book is now the premier resource for home-schoolers.

In The Well-Educated Mind, Bauer takes the same elements and techniques and adapts them to the use of adult readers who want both enjoyment and self-improvement from the time they spend reading. Followed carefully, her advice will restore and expand the pleasure of the written word.

About the Author

Susan Wise Bauer is the best-selling author of the Story of the World series and The Well-Trained Mind, among other works. She lives in Virginia.

Industry Reviews

A useful resource for highly self-motivated readers.
Bauer has crafted a timeless, intelligent book . A well-balanced, long-lasting reading program . A brilliant guide on to how to analyze any given literary work even if it s not on Bauer s list."
A clear guide to educating oneself in the liberal arts through disciplined, critical reading of literary classics.
Bauer has crafted a timeless, intelligent book.... A well-balanced, long-lasting reading program.... A brilliant guide on to how to analyze any given literary work--even if it's not on Bauer's list.
Written in a straightforward style accessible to most students, this readable book provides solid, step-by-step advice on how to read some of the world's great books with discipline and comprehension.

ISBN: 9780393080964
ISBN-10: 039308096X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 16th November 2015
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.6  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.9

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