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The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had [Hardcover]

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Pages   432
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.5" Width: 6.44" Height: 1.36"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2003
Publisher   W.W. Norton & Co
ISBN  0393050947  
EAN  9780393050943  

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Item Description...
A guide to "classical learning" helps readers fill in the holes in their education as it looks at great works of fiction, autobiography, history, poetry, drama, and other genres and provides annotated listings of suggested readings.

Publishers Description
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."

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More About S. Wise Bauer

Susan Wise Bauer Susan Wise Bauer is the best-selling author of the Story of the World series, The Well-Trained Mind, The Well-Educated Mind, The History of the Ancient World, and The History of the Medieval World. She lives in Charles City, Virginia.

Susan Wise Bauer currently resides in Charles City, in the state of Virginia. Susan Wise Bauer has an academic affiliation as follows - College of William & Mary in Virginia College of William and Mary Coll.

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A must-have for deciding on your must-haves  Sep 8, 2007
As I went through the gambit of education all the way through my current PhD program, I read books to grasp the bare bones of what I would be tested on or what I would be required to reguritate into a scientific thesis.
Not only this book challenge and change the way I have been reading, it also gave me the tools to actually enjoy reading again.
I heartily recommend this book partnered with "1001 Books you Must Read Before You Die." If each book only takes you a week to read, then the entire list should only take you a little over 20 years.
Ready? Go!
An easy guide to serious reading  May 23, 2007
Many, many years out of college I felt my mind atrophying and decided to start a "serious" reading program, similar to the old "summer reading" that used to be done by high-school and college students. I picked up this book to use as a I guide.

Yes, many of the techniques Susan Wise Bauer talks about in the opening chapters are ones that many readers will have picked up along the way. But even experienced readers may find her suggestions of keeping a "commonplace book" or reading journal helpful and brief background explanations of the various literary genres helpful.

The very structured approach to notekeeping and journaling will probably not sit well with every reader. (I don't plan to follow all of her suggestions myself.) And many people will surely debate about the choices included on the reading lists. But Bauer is very firm about taking a book and making it your own, so disregard suggestions that don't work for you. And as she admits, no one reading list will be considered canonical by everyone. In fact, Bauer encourages the reader to use her lists as a "jumping off" point.

All in all, I think any reader who is serious about reading the great "classics" can find something in this book to help with that process.
Poor imitation of Mortimer Adler's How to Read a Book.   May 20, 2007
I read this book and learned nothing new at all. The book should be entitled: A brief overview of the simpler points of Mortimer Adler's "How to Read a Book".

The Well-Educated Mind quotes extensively from the Adler's book.
However except for the lengthy passages quoted from Adler it is not written using language that comes anywhere near to the elevated style that is a joy to read and makes the reader privy to the great mind that participated in the compilation of the "Great Books" series.

The Well-Educated mind attempts to make the ideas raised by Adler accessible by communicating a few of the ideas in the simplest of prose.
Save yourself the trouble and go to the source I say. Read Mortimer Adler!!

I even found the test that Mrs. Bauer uses to allow the reader to take stock of his reading level to be demeaning. Not only was it overly simple, but dangerous, because many of those who then embark on reading the great classics recommended by Mrs. Bauer will be ill prepared for the change in style and level of sophistication in the ideas presented.
The practical answer to "test linked education."  Dec 30, 2006
This books is teaches the kind of logic that I thought was lost in educational theory; finally some common sense! I was a teacher and am now planning to homeschool my grandchildren. My daughter and I have been more and more concerned about the state test-oriented text books that my grandson has been studying. This book and The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home bring order and sense to the purpose of education. Both books echo the direction and focus of the education I received in parochial school and treat the subject with logic and clarity. They both deal with an orderly development of the mind and leave me feeling confident in the program we are developing for my grandchildren based on these books. The author has a sound and orderly approach to education whether it is for a grandmother like me who never wants to stop learning or the developing mind of a child.
You'll enjoy reading even more when you learn how to do it!  Dec 14, 2006
I've checked this out from the library, -a few times because I want to really learn the techniques that are presented here. Its a good sized book and there is a lot of excellent information to get in your brain. I have this on my wish list to buy now because it's so good, and I want to be able to take more time with it, -to study and absorb it!

The reason I want to spend more time with this is because not only do I love to read, I also enjoy doing book reviews, and I think this book is an important tool to help me to become better at both! This is a book that will have a permanent spot in my collection because I want to have it available for my school-aged daughters as well.

SUPER book here! I can't wait to get my own copy!

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