Well-Educated Mind A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had

ISBN-10: 0393050947
ISBN-13: 9780393050943
Edition: 2003
Authors: Susan Wise Bauer
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/17/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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.

Susan Wise Bauer is the best-sellingauthor of the Story of the World series,The Well-Educated Mind, and The Well-Trained Mind, among other books. Shelives in Virginia where she teaches at theCollege of William and Mary.

Acknowledgments
Beginning: Preparing for Classical Education
Training Your Own Mind: The Classical Education You Never Had
Wrestling with Books: The Act of Reading
Keeping the Journal: A Written Record of New Ideas
Starting to Read: Final Preparations
Reading: Jumping into the Great Conversation
The Story of People: Reading through History with the Novel
The Story of Me: Autobiography and Memoir
The Story of the Past: The Tales of Historians (and Politicians)
The World Stage: Reading through History with Drama
History Refracted: The Poets and Their Poems
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