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On reading well : finding the good life through great books

Author: Karen Swallow Prior; Ned Bustard; Leland Ryken
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Swallow Prior; Ned Bustard; Leland Ryken
ISBN: 9781587433962 1587433966
OCLC Number: 1024098528
Notes: Name of illustrator taken from title page verso.
Includes discussion questions.
Description: 267 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword / by Leland Ryken --
Introduction: Read well, live well --
Part one. The cardinal virtues --
Prudence: The history of Tom Jones, a foundling, by Henry Fielding --
Temperance: The great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald --
Justice: A tale of two cities, by Charles Dickens --
Courage: the adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain --
Part two. The theological virtues --
Faith: Silence, by Shusaku Endo --
Hope: The road, by Cormac McCarthy --
Love: The death of Ivan Ilych, by Leo Tolstoy --
Part three. The heavenly virtues --
Chastity: Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton --
Diligence: Pilgrim's progress, by John Bunyan --
Patience: Persuasion, by Jane Austen --
Kindness: "Tenth of December," by George Saunders --
Humility: "Revelation" and "Everything that rises must converge," by Flannery O'Connor.
Responsibility: Karen Swallow Prior ; [illustrations by Ned Bustard].

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