The Well-educated Mind

The Well-educated Mind

A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had

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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--fiction, autobiography, history, drama, and poetry--accompanied by detailed instructions on how to read each type. The annotated lists at the end of each chapter--ranging from Cervantes to A. S. Byatt, Herodotus to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich--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. 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--what does Anna Karenina owe to Madame Bovary?--and 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: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393050943
0393050947
Branch Call Number: 028.9 Bauer 2003
Characteristics: 432 p. ;,25 cm.

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KatherineHere
Jan 16, 2019

The author is obviously well-read! The beginning Instructions on how to read books is somewhat boring, but the following synopses of many classic books is quite interesting, like a micro Reader's Digest.

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kgruscho
Apr 27, 2018

Different than I expected, I had hoped for a lot more engaging discussion of contents of classics, which might encourage me to pick up some of my own. I think it may encourage some, but I honestly find it a dull read, and I used to academic writing, stopped reading before end of first chapter and skimmed other material. It is still a "good" book, it just seems very narrowly for someone who is almost more interest in learning to self-study than learn about the classics?

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