The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (Updated and Expanded)

The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (Updated and Expanded)

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The enduring and engaging guide to educating yourself in the classical tradition. Have you lost the art of reading for pleasure? Are there books you know you should read but havena€™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 genresa€”fiction, autobiography, history, drama, poetry, and sciencea€”accompanied by detailed instructions on how to read each type. The annotated lists at the end of each chaptera€”ranging from Cervantes to Cormac McCarthy, Herodotus to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Aristotle to Stephen Hawkinga€”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, therea€™s no reason you cana€™t read and enjoy Shakespearea€™s sonnets or Jane Eyre. But no one should attempt to read the a€œGreat Booksa€ 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 genrea€”what does Anna Karenina owe to Madame Bovary?a€”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.... 360 Essay on the Principle of Population, An (Malthus), 421 Essay on the Theory of the Earth (Cuvier), 452 Essays (Montaigne), 136, 144a€“45 a€œEssential Beautya€ (Larkin), 398 Esslin, Martin, 264n, 309 estates satire, 363 see also satire Ethicsanbsp;...

Title:The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (Updated and Expanded)
Author:Susan Wise Bauer
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2015-11-16


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