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It shows concretely how the serious work of proper reading may be accomplished and how much it may yield in the way of instruction and delight.
About the Author
MORTIMER J. ADLER (1902-2001), an American philosopher, educator, and popular author, served as the chairman of Encyclopaedia Britannica
's board of editors, was the founder and director of the Institute for Philosophical Research, and was an honorary trustee and founder of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. He authored the well-known How to Read a Book
and the intellectual autobiography Philosopher at Large
and was coeditor, with Charles Van Doren, of Great Treasury of Western Thought
, declared the Reference Book of 1977 by the American Library Association.
CHARLES VAN DOREN is an American intellectual, writer, and editor. He earned a bachelor's degree from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, and went on to earn a master's in astrophysics and a doctorate in English from Columbia University, where he later taught English. He is also the author of A History of Knowledge