This was the last program in the fifteen-year Booknotes series, and Mr. Edmundson commented on several authors' ideas and writing styles as clips of their remarks on previous programs were shown.
Professor Edmundson talks about his book Why Read?, published by Bloomsbury USA. The book is on the relationship between a liberal arts education and literature. The author writes that literature needs to be the fundamental element of the liberal arts education because of the benefits books offer their readers. Mr. Edmundson also claims that current educational trends have either misused or neglected to recognize the vital role reading plays in a well-rounded liberal arts education. He talked about the value of fiction and non-fiction literature.
This was the last program in the fifteen-year Booknotes series, and Mr. Edmundson commented on several authors' ideas and writing styles as clips of their remarks on previous programs were shown. close
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Mark Edmundson Distinguished Professor University of Virginia->English Department
- Shelby Foote Author
- Milton Friedman Senior Research Fellow Hoover Institution at Stanford University
- Nikki Giovanni Poet
- Gertrude Himmelfarb Professor City University of New York->History
- Christopher Hitchens Contributing Editor Atlantic Monthly
- Paul Johnson Historian
Brian Lamb Host C-SPAN
- Frank McCourt Author
- Robert D. Richardson Jr. Author
- Cornel West University Professor Princeton University->Center for African American Studies
- Simon Winchester Author
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