The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer

This is book The Well-Trained Mind recommends getting and reading to learn how to read different types of literature. I decided to read it to see if I should buy it for Mr. Curiosity to use for homeschooling this year and for my own personal knowledge.

Subtitle: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had

Published: I read the 2003 edition, but there is a 2015 edition as well

Genre: nonfiction education self-improvement

Length: 404 pages of text, 432 pages total

Summary: The author discusses how and why to read the classics you probably didn’t (or at least didn’t understand) when you were in school. The first part is about the general skills of reading and recording what you’ve written. The second part includes how to read each genre of fiction – novels, autobiographies and memoirs, histories, plays, and poems. (The newest edition includes a chapter on science books as well.) For each genre, Bauer includes a suggested reading list (including some high-quality editions/translations if there are choices) and a description of why the selection is important.

Final thoughts: A useful book to read, but I don’t think I’ll need to get it for Mr. Curiosity. It would just be too overwhelming for him. I did take some notes, particularly on questions to ask as you analyze a novel and the basics of poetry. I really only read about half the book since half of each chapter in Part II is suggested titles to read. I also didn’t read the book straight through because it was a little overwhelming. I jumped back and forth with some fiction to give my mind a rest. If you follow the suggested reading guide, you will certainly have what the title claims.

Title comes from: The goal of the book is to produce a well-educated mind, if you follow the prescribed reading list.

Reading challenges fulfilled: book #63 for the year

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3 responses to “The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer

  1. Great review, concise and useful. I’m interested enough to check this out if I come across it.


  2. Pingback: The Iliad by Homer | Fill Your Bookshelf

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