On Reading Well
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On Reading Well

Finding the Good Life through Great Books

Karen Swallow Prior (Author), Leland Ryken (Foreword by)

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Reading great literature well has the power to cultivate virtue. Great literature increases knowledge of and desire for the good life by showing readers what virtue looks like and where vice leads. It is not just what one reads but how one reads that cultivates virtue. Reading good literature well requires one to practice numerous virtues, such as patience, diligence, and prudence. And learning to judge wisely a character in a book, in turn, forms the reader's own character.

In On Reading Well, acclaimed author Karen Swallow Prior takes readers on a guided tour through works of great literature both ancient and modern, exploring twelve virtues that philosophers and theologians throughout history have identified as most essential for good character and the good life. In reintroducing ancient virtues that are as relevant and essential today as ever, Prior draws on the best classical and Christian thinkers, including Aristotle, Aquinas, and Augustine.

Covering authors from Henry Fielding to Cormac McCarthy, Jane Austen to George Saunders, and Flannery O'Connor to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Prior explores some of the most compelling universal themes found in the pages of classic books, helping readers learn to love life, literature, and God through their encounter with great writing. The book includes end-of-chapter reflection questions geared toward book club discussions, features original artwork throughout, and includes a foreword from Leland Ryken.

Item Number 006198922
Length 8.60
Binding Hardcover
Language English
Medium Format Hardcover
Height 1.10
UPC 9781587433962
ISBN13 9781587433962
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN10 1587433966
Contributors Karen Swallow Prior (Author)|Leland Ryken (Foreword by)
Publication Date 2018-09-01
Type Non-Fiction
Width 5.80
Pages 272
Product Group Books