By Susan Wise Bauer
The enduring and interesting advisor to teaching your self within the classical tradition.
Have you misplaced the artwork of studying for excitement? Are there books you recognize you 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 increased 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, interesting histories of six literary genres—fiction, autobiography, historical past, drama, poetry, and science—accompanied by way of specified directions on tips on how to learn every one sort. 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 steered analyzing and inspire readers to make important connections among historical traditions and modern writing.
The Well-Educated Mind reassures these readers who fear that they learn too slowly or with below-average comprehension. should you can comprehend an everyday newspaper, there’s no cause you can’t learn and revel in Shakespeare’s sonnets or Jane Eyre. yet nobody may still try and learn the “Great Books” with no consultant and a plan. Bauer will assist you to allocate time to studying frequently; tips to grasp tricky arguments; tips on how to make own and literary judgments approximately what you learn; find out how to take pleasure in the resonant hyperlinks between texts inside 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 youngsters; that booklet is now the most excellent source for home-schoolers. In The Well-Educated Mind, Bauer takes an identical components and methods and adapts them to using grownup readers who wish either entertainment and self-improvement from the time they spend analyzing. rigorously, her recommendation will restoration and extend the excitement of the written word.