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The Resource On reading well : finding the good life through great books, Karen Swallow Prior

On reading well : finding the good life through great books, Karen Swallow Prior

Label
On reading well : finding the good life through great books
Title
On reading well
Title remainder
finding the good life through great books
Statement of responsibility
Karen Swallow Prior
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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. 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. In examining works by these authors and more, Prior shows why virtues such as prudence, temperance, humility, and patience are still necessary for human flourishing and civil society. The book includes end-of-chapter reflection questions geared toward book club discussions, features original artwork throughout, and includes a foreword from Leland Ryken." -- Goodreads.com
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Prior, Karen Swallow
Dewey number
028/.9
Index
index present
LC call number
Z1039.C47
LC item number
P75 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Christians
  • Books and reading
  • Christianity and literature
Label
On reading well : finding the good life through great books, Karen Swallow Prior
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
sky293587673
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
267 pages
Isbn
9781587433962
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2018007015
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
mv 09/18
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
On reading well : finding the good life through great books, Karen Swallow Prior
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
sky293587673
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
267 pages
Isbn
9781587433962
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2018007015
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
mv 09/18
Other physical details
illustrations

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