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The Joy of Reading: A Passionate Guide to 189 of the World's Best Authors and Their Works Paperback – April 1, 2008
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ìThis book is as contagious as it was intended to be.î
óMortimer J. Adler
Like a professor whose enthusiasm inspires his students, Charles Van Doren
explains whatís wonderful in the classic and contemporary books youíve missed, and awakens your desire to reopen the works youíve loved. This engaging love letter to reading explores the work of the authors who transformed the world: from Aristotle and Herodotus in ancient Greece to Salinger and Vonnegut in 20th century America.
Divided chronologically by the eras in which these books were written, each work is put in historical context and brought to life by Van Dorenís sometimes surpising and always insightful comments. The Joy of Reading delves into a wide range of genres ó fiction, poetry, drama, childrenís books, philosophy, history, and science. Also offered is a unique ten-year reading plan, made up of a grand variety of the worldís greatest books.
Charles Van Doren is the coauthor of the classic How to Read a Book with philosopher Mortimer J. Adler; the author of A History of Knowledge (which sold
30,000 copies in hardcover and 150,000 in paperback); and the author or editor of The Idea of Progress, Great Treasury of Western Thought, The Annals of America, Second Chance: An American Story, as well as several novels for young people and Websterís American biographies.
He is an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut, Torrington Campus. His father was Mark Van Doren, a Pulitzer Prizewinning poet and professor at Columbia.
About the Author
Van Doren is the coauthor of the classic How to Read a Book with philosopher Mortimer J. Adler; the author of A History of Knowledge (which sold 30,000 copies in hardcover and 150,000 in paperback); and the author or editor of The Idea of Progress, Great Treasury of Western Thought, The Annals of America, Second Chance: An American Story, as well as several novels for young people and Webster's American biographies. He is an adjunct professor of the University of Connecticut, Torrington Campus. His father was Mark Van Doren, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet and professor at Columbia.
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This book is quite highly recommended.
When excellent writing by women throughout the last 2000 years from around the world is now easily found via the internet and in other more complete collections?
For a start, a reader might like to consider the gems included in A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now by Aliki Barnstone and Willis Barnstone, or The Penguin Book of International Women's Stories and The Vintage Book of American Women Writers by Elaine Showalter!
Taken together, these would then form a more complete and balanced collection.