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Critical Essays (Gateway to the Great Books, #5)

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Gateway to the Great Books is a 10-volume series of books originally published by Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. in 1963 and edited by Mortimer Adler and Robert Maynard Hutchins. The set was designed as an introduction to the Great Books of the Western World, published by the same organization and editors in 1952. The set included selections - short stories, plays, essays, l ...more
Hardcover, 411 pages
Published 1963 by William Benton, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc
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Alejandro Teruel
In my opinion, the selection criteria for this volume have dated badly in the fifty years that have elapsed since it was first published. First of all, the most recent essays included are Virginia Woolfs 1932 How Should One Read a Book and T. S. Elliots 1932 essays and criticism has come a long way in the eighty odd years that have elapsed since then -there is the whole of postmodernism to take into account, not to mention the fascinating strides mades in shakespearean literary criticism. Second ...more
Aug 01, 2016 Cici rated it really liked it
The perfect summary comes from page 97 of "On Study" by Francis Bacon -

"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention."

My first brief glance of this collection is even beyond the lightest "read", hence this book will be revisited when the subject-matter of these great essays become more familiar in
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An educational philosopher, he was dean of Yale Law School (1927-1929), and president (1929–1945) and chancellor (1945–1951) of the University of Chicago.

While he was president of the University of Chicago, Hutchins implemented wide-ranging and controversial reforms of the University, including the elimination of varsity football. The most far-reaching reforms involved the undergraduate College of
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