The Joy of Reading: A Passionate Guide to 189 of the World's Best Authors and Their Works

The Joy of Reading: A Passionate Guide to 189 of the World's Best Authors and Their Works

Charles Van Doren


"Charles Van Doren has laid a dinner party ahead of we all that's irresistible." -Mortimer J. Adler

This attractive love letter to examining follows the nice authors and classics that remodeled the realm: from Aristotle and Herodotus in historical Greece to Salinger and Heinlein in twentieth century the US. Like a professor whose enthusiasm enwraps his scholars, Van Doren explains what is significant within the books you have got neglected and awakens your wish to reopen the books you realize.

Divided chronologically via the sessions during which those classics have been written, every one e-book is installed its historic context and taken to existence via Van Doren's tremendous research. the enjoyment of analyzing delves right into a wide selection of genres-fiction, poetry, drama, kid's books, philosophy, historical past and technology. this is often the single ebook that brings jointly every little thing you must learn about the classics you neglected and ignites your ardour to learn and reread the best books the realm has ever identified.

This ebook is the fruit of a lifelong love affair. analyzing, i feel, is my favourite factor to do; books and i've been inseparable virtually so long as i will bear in mind ... To this present day, I turn into distressed if i'm at any place and not using a ebook, undefined, a newspaper, any scrap of paper to learn .... i love the odor of books, definitely the texture of them. existence with out books will be, for me, a vacant horror."
-Charles Van Doren

"Nothing recommends the enjoyment of studying greater than the communique of it by way of an individual who has spent an entire life enriched via the delights of interpreting. Charles Van Doren is that sort of reader. He has laid a ceremonial dinner prior to us that's irresistible."
-Mortimer J. Adler, writer of the way to learn a Book

"Mr. Van Doren is that rarity, a very good learn guy who reads now not for pro reasons yet for excitement. His e-book spurs us directly to discover extra deeply and joyfully the infinitely diverse terrain of fine books."
-Clifton Fadiman, writer of the hot Lifetime interpreting Plan: The Classical advisor to international Literature

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