The Joy of Reading: 210 Favorite Books, Plays, Poems, Essays, Etc. What's in Them, Why Read Them

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Harmony Books, 1985 - Literary Criticism - 479 pages
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A compilation of more than two hundred favorite books, plays, poems, and essays is accompanied by biographical profiles of the diverse authors and explanations about why each particular work is special

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Veteran critic and editor Van Doren of fers the fruits of decades as a constant reader. Speaking directly to general readers, he aims to bestow the same gift he received from his father, poet Mark Van ... Read full review



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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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