By Susan Wise Bauer
The enduring and interesting advisor to teaching your self within the classical tradition.
Have you misplaced the paintings of examining for excitement? Are there books you recognize you need to learn yet haven’t simply because they appear too daunting? In The Well-Educated Mind, Susan clever Bauer offers a welcome and inspiring antidote to the distractions of our age, digital and otherwise.
Newly improved and up to date to incorporate standout works from the twenty-first century in addition to crucial readings in technological know-how (from the earliest works of Hippocrates to the invention of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs), The Well-Educated Mind deals short, enjoyable histories of six literary genres―fiction, autobiography, heritage, drama, poetry, and science―accompanied by means of targeted directions on find out how to learn every one style. The annotated lists on the finish of every chapter―ranging from Cervantes to Cormac McCarthy, Herodotus to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Aristotle to Stephen Hawking―preview urged examining and inspire readers to make very important connections among old traditions and modern writing.
The Well-Educated Mind reassures these readers who fear that they learn too slowly or with below-average comprehension. for those who can comprehend a regular newspaper, there’s no cause you can’t learn and luxuriate in Shakespeare’s sonnets or Jane Eyre. yet nobody may still try and learn the “Great Books” with no advisor and a plan. Bauer will allow you to allocate time to examining frequently; find out how to grasp tough arguments; the right way to make own and literary judgments approximately what you learn; easy methods to have fun with the resonant hyperlinks between texts inside of a genre―what does Anna Karenina owe to Madame Bovary?―and additionally among genres.
In her best-selling paintings on domestic schooling, The Well-Trained Mind, the writer supplied a highway map of classical schooling for fogeys wishing to home-school their kids; that ebook is now the leading source for home-schoolers. In The Well-Educated Mind, Bauer takes a similar components and strategies and adapts them to using grownup readers who wish either leisure and self-improvement from the time they spend examining. rigorously, her suggestion will fix and extend the excitement of the written word.