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A World of Ideas: Essential Readings for College Writers
The most successful reader of its kind, A World of Ideas is ideal for composition instructors who want to introduce their students to some of the world's most important thinkers and their ideas: for example, Niccolo Machiavelli on government, Sigmund Freud on the mind, and Virginia Woolf on feminism. Because students perceive writers such as these as serious and important, ...more
Paperback, Seventh Edition, 857 pages
Published December 31st 2006 by Bedford Books
(first published 1893)
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If you are an English prof., this is a great book for your classes. If you are teaching an intro. to philosophy course, likewise, it's a great book. Students will engage with Machiavelli, Rousseau, Jefferson, Montaigne, Plato, Aristotle, MLK Jr., DeBeauvoir, Galbraith, and so many other thinkers of all time periods. It's challenging and fun for classes. I'm using it currently in a composition class and have used it in the past as well.
Excellent book thus far. The selections are great, the areas covered are broad, and the ideas always intriguing. Even if writing is not your thing, I would still recommend this for the ideas and writers presented. I was far too lucky to find this at the public library bookstore for only a couple of dollars...
Eventhough, I read this book for school and would not pick it to read on my own accord, I did find a few essays worth the read. I really enjoyed Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter to Birmingham Jail, Frederick Douglass' From the Narrative, and Rachel Carson's The Sunless Sea. I personally found the information the author provided before each new section and touching on the writing style very helpful and informative.
Work is done, class is complete. There is only so far a classroom can offer to inspire a perpetual reader but the authors are notable and the writing is...influential... it was just a little too much of a structured reading though, not for the entertainment.