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A World of Ideas: Essential Readings for College Writers Paperback – March 3, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0312385330 ISBN-10: 0312385331 Edition: Eighth
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 931 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; Eighth edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312385331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312385330
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Undergraduate degree: Brown University, class of 1957; Doctorate from Claremont Graduate University, 1968. I taught English literature at Western Connecticut State University, and for 32 years at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. I was visiting professor at Columbia University and Brown University. My specialties are Milton, Shakespeare, James Joyce, and Modern Irish Literature.
Some of my books: Crown Island, a Quarrytown novel; Volcanic Jesus, a collection of short stories; A World of Ideas; The Bedford Introduction to Drama (and Brief Edition); The Humanities Through the Arts; Substance, Style, and Strategy; Writing As Thinking; The Longman Anthology of American Drama; Humanities: The Evolution of Values; Aesthetics and the Arts.

I am married to Joanna J. Jacobus, dance teacher (UConn), choreographer, and licensed massage therapist. We have two children, Sharon and James.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By philstudent on August 22, 2011
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I used this book for my intro college writing course. It's very helpful and provides an incredibly large range of of writings from many of the most important writers in human history from Lao-Tzu to Marxists, feminists and neuroscience. Probably not the greatest "sit down and read" book but definitely a great book for the classroom.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By the.incredible.dancing.mart on November 21, 2011
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I bought this book as required for a writing course that I'm taking as pre-requisite. As an adult learner, it's kind of difficult to go back and get stuff that you need for school AND to take it seriously.

The book is organized by the types of writing of the authors noted, from Machiavelli to Marx's Communist Manifesto.

The essay questions were challenging, but really designed to make the student think about the topics being proposed by each author.

I enjoyed working with this book and chose NOT to sell it back (despite that I could have used the money!) because I'd like to work with it on my own.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TheAlfa on October 3, 2011
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I used this book for my freshman English 1301 class. It is very thorough and interesting. I'm sad to say that I had to sell it because well, I'm a college student and need money! But it was one of the few books that I would have liked to keep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jared J on October 20, 2013
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Wow! I was completely impressed on how much I was able to take from these texts! The 8th edition has a wonderful range of ancient to contemporary texts. From Plato to Lao-Tzu, Virginia Woolf, Jim Mason and Pete Singer. Though, I did use this book for a class, what I learned will take me through many walks of life. This book contains enough texts to address (maybe not answer but address) all the complex issues of humanity. This is a great book for extreme annotation, with critical thinking questions from the author at the end of each piece! Awesome!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 5, 2013
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Reading this book gave me a larger point of view of the world before my existence, the world beyond my sphere of experience, and exposure to the minds that have influenced the ideologies and governments of the global world we live in. This book is not light reading and the connections questions are a challenge! I purchased this book for a college level English class, I usually trade my books or sell them back, not this one. This book is staying in my home library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cfdz on May 15, 2014
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I bought this originally for my son who needed it for a college course. I was not sure what to expect, but I started looking it over and wound up reading the whole book. It has a great variety of the top writers in history and it is easy to handle. I was expecting a dry classroom book, but was very pleasantly surprised.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley N Proctor on June 27, 2013
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I absolutely reccomend this book to anyone who will be doing any reading and/or writing, especially philosophy. All of the great thinkers are represented in this book: Nietzsche, Dr. King, Lao Tzu, Machiavelli, and many more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph on May 15, 2013
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I really like this product. I was delivered immediately in less than two weeks. I liked the book was still in excellent condition with minor marking in the book.
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