By Susan Wise Bauer
The enduring and interesting consultant to teaching your self within the classical tradition.
Have you misplaced the artwork of analyzing for excitement? Are there books you recognize you might want to learn yet haven’t simply because they appear too daunting? In The Well-Educated Mind, Susan clever Bauer presents a welcome and inspiring antidote to the distractions of our age, digital and otherwise.
Newly multiplied and up-to-date to incorporate standout works from the twenty-first century in addition to crucial readings in technology (from the earliest works of Hippocrates to the invention of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs), The Well-Educated Mind bargains short, interesting histories of six literary genres―fiction, autobiography, historical past, drama, poetry, and science―accompanied by means of certain directions on easy methods to learn each 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 instructed analyzing and inspire readers to make very important connections among historic 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 an everyday newspaper, there’s no cause you can’t learn and luxuriate in Shakespeare’s sonnets or Jane Eyre. yet nobody may still try to learn the “Great Books” with out a advisor and a plan. Bauer will allow you to allocate time to interpreting usually; easy methods to grasp tough arguments; the way to make own and literary judgments approximately what you learn; tips to savour 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 folks wishing to home-school their childrens; that ebook is now the optimum 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 amusement and self-improvement from the time they spend studying. conscientiously, her recommendation will repair and extend the excitement of the written word.