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: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393050943
Branch Call Number: 028.9 Bauer 2003
Characteristics: 432 p. ;,25 cm.


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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.

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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