Why Read?

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 1, 2008 - Education - 160 pages
In this important book, acclaimed author Mark Edmundson reconceives the value and promise of reading. He enjoins educators to stop offering up literature as facile entertainment and instead teach students to read in a way that can change their lives for the better. At once controversial and inspiring, this is a groundbreaking book written with the elegance and power to change the way we teach and read.
Why Read was a PSLA Young Adult Top 40 non-fiction title 2004
 

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Proust Comes to the Rescue: "Why Read?" by Mark Edmundson Published September 5th 2005. One of my favourite movies is Good Will Hunting. There’s a fine dialogue from the movie that popped in my mind ... Read full review

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Edmundson (English, Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville) calls for a new humanist education that stresses the importance of literary reading and teaching in making a life and ethical decisions ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
21
Section 3
29
Section 4
38
Section 5
52
Section 6
63
Section 7
74
Section 8
89
Section 10
100
Section 11
108
Section 12
111
Section 13
121
Section 14
136
Section 15
145
Section 16
147
Section 17
149

Section 9
92

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About the author (2008)

Mark Edmundson is NEH/Daniels Family Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Virginia. A prizewinning scholar, he is the author of Literature Against Philosophy, Plato to Derrida, and the widely praised memoir, Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference. He has written for the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, the Nation, and Harper's, where he is a contributing editor.

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