Mortimer J. Adler’s How to Read a Book is one of the most comprehensive guides on intelligent reading and offers essential advice for anyone looking to improve their understanding and appreciation of literature. From breaking down complex texts into digestible portions, to providing tips on active reading techniques, this guide covers all aspects of the reader’s journey from novice to scholar.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for anyone who wants to improve their reading skills and understanding of literature. It offers comprehensive advice on how to read intelligently and effectively, from breaking down complex texts into manageable portions, to using active reading techniques that will help you get the most out of what you read. Whether you’re a student or simply someone who enjoys reading for pleasure, this guide has something to offer everyone looking to get more out of their books.
- It is a comprehensive guide to intelligent reading.
- It offers essential advice for anyone looking to improve their understanding and appreciation of literature.
- It covers all aspects of the reader’s journey from novice to scholar
- It is dense and may be overwhelming for novice readers
- It does not offer any help with comprehension or critical analysis
- May be dated, as it was originally published in 1940s
Learn more about the author
Mortimer J. Adler was a philosopher, educator and popular author who dedicated his life to helping others learn and appreciate the intellectual pursuits of reading, writing and thinking. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Columbia University, he also held advanced degrees from both Harvard and the University of Chicago. After teaching at various universities throughout his career, including stints as chairman of the philosophy department at New York’s Hunter College High School and Long Island University in Brookville, Adler co-founded (with philosopher Charles Van Doren) The Great Books Foundation in 1952 – an organization that provides educational materials on classic works of literature for students across North America.
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