The Well-educated Mind

The Well-educated Mind

A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had

Book - 2003
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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. In her previous book, The Well-Trained Mind, the author provided a road map of classical education for parents wishing to home-school their children, and that book is now the premier resource for home-schoolers. In this new book, 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. The Well-Educated Mind offers brief, entertaining histories of five literary genres'iction, autobiography, history, drama, and poetry'ccompanied by detailed instructions on how to read each type. The annotated lists at the end of each chapter'anging from Cervantes to A. S. Byatt, Herodotus to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich'review 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. Susan Wise Bauer will show you how to allocate time to your reading on a regular basis; how to master a difficult argument; how to make personal and literary judgments about what you read; how to appreciate the resonant links among texts within a genre'hat does Anna Karenina owe to Madame Bovary'nd also between genres. Followed carefully, the advice in The Well-Educated Mind will restore and expand the pleasure of the written word.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2003.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393050943
0393050947
Branch Call Number: 028.9 BAUER S
Characteristics: 432 pages ; 25 cm.

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kesha1123
Oct 08, 2013

It's just an annotated list of classic reads.

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britprincess1
Oct 02, 2012

A well-written book about what to read and how to read it. It's divided into 5 sections: novels, autobiographies, histories, drama and plays, and poetry. I highly recommend it to those who self-teach, as well as those who are interested in engaging in a higher level of reading or simply those looking for various texts and discussion questions for their next book club.

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britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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