The Heart Of The Humanities: Reading, Writing, Teaching by Mark EdmundsonThe Heart Of The Humanities: Reading, Writing, Teaching by Mark Edmundson

The Heart Of The Humanities: Reading, Writing, Teaching

byMark Edmundson

Paperback | February 6, 2018

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From one of America's great professors, a collection of works exploring the importance of reading, writing, and teaching well, for anyone invested in the future of the humanities.

A renowned professor of English at the University of Virginia, Mark Edmundson has devoted his career to tough-minded yet optimistic advocacy for the humanities. He argues for the importance of reading and writing to an examined and fruitful life and affirms the invaluable role of teachers in opening up fresh paths for their students.

In his series of books Why Read?, Why Teach?, and Why Write? Edmundson explored the vital worldly roles of reading, teaching, and writing, earning a vocal following of writers, teachers, and scholars at the top of their fields, from novelist Tom Perrotta to critics Laura Kipnis and J. Hillis Miller.

Now for the first time The Heart of the Humanities collects into one volume this triad of impassioned arguments, including an introduction from the author on the value of education in the present and for the future. The perfect gift for students, recent graduates, writers, teachers, and anyone interested in education and the life of the mind, this omnibus edition will make a powerful and timely case for strengthening the humanities both in schools and in our society.

Mark Edmundson is a professor at the University of Virginia, and a prizewinning scholar. In addition to Why Write?, Why Teach?, and Why Read?, he is also the author of Teacher, The Death of Sigmund Freud, and The Fine Wisdom and Perfect Teachings of the Kings of Rock and Roll. His writing has appeared in such publications as the New R...
Title:The Heart Of The Humanities: Reading, Writing, TeachingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.31 × 6.13 × 1.25 inPublished:February 6, 2018Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1632863081

ISBN - 13:9781632863089


Editorial Reviews

"WHY TEACH? is a heartfelt and provocative book that will interest anyone who wonders what happened to the idea that college should be a life-altering, mind-expanding experience. With wry humor and hard-won wisdom, Mark Edmundson offers an inspiring vision of the liberal arts as a vehicle for personal transformation." - Tom Perotta, author of LITTLE CHILDREN and THE LEFTOVERS, on WHY TEACH?"An engaging blend of social criticism, self-improvement wisdom, and appeal to fellow humanities professors . . . Edmundson writes with a rare combination of force and humility." - Willamette Weekly on WHY READ?"Full of wit, sage advice, and a well-honed passion for the art of writing, which in Edmundson's view looks much like the art of living well. Just the right companion for readers and writers." - David Mikics, author of SLOW READING IN A HURRIED AGE, on WHY WRITE?