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Invitation to the Classics: A Guide to Books You've Always Wanted to Read (Masterworks Series) [Paperback]

By Louise Cowan (Editor) & Os Guinness (Editor)
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Provides introductions to such classic authors as Dante, Chaucer, Cervantes, Dostoyevsky, and Kafka for the Christian reader in particular

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Practically a classic itself, Invitation to the Classics is a popular guide to those great works of literature that you always meant to read. Full color and engaging, this book is a gateway to the fulfilling pursuit of understanding our culture by exploring its most enduring writings.
"These sparkling essays remind us of the deep pleasures of literature and its power to instruct and delight."--Publishers Weekly
"A magnificent resource, an urgently needed publication in an era when politically correct higher education is trying to deconstruct Western civilization. Wonderful "--Charles Colson
"This important publication should be in every library and out on the table in every Christian home."--Dallas Willard
"Immerses us in the wisdom of the ages, those noble thoughts that enrich society's values and guide our youth along positive paths toward fruitful lives."--President Jimmy Carter

From Publishers Weekly
For over a decade, university teachers, politicians, literary critics and preachers have argued about the educational role of the literary classics of the Western world. While some have contended that the works themselves are full of immoral teachings and should be banned from libraries and school curricula, others have argued that the stereotypical portrayal of certain characters has a pernicious effect on readers and leads to classism, sexism and racism. Still others, like authors of this lively collection, believe that the classics are indispensable for an understanding of Western society and human nature. Guinness and Cowan gather over 50 brief essays by a number of respected Christian literary scholars that extend invitations to readers to experience anew or for the first time the wonder and the beauty of selected classics. Each essay contains a biographical and historical sketch, a summary of the work being considered, suggestions and bibliographies for further study and questions raised by the text about the interaction of Christian faith and society. The selections range from the Iliad to Machiavelli's The Prince, Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Rushdie's The Satanic Verses. Genres covered range from Shakespeare's plays and Milton's epic poetry to Martin Luther's theological writings and Alexis de Tocqueville's travel writings. (Sept.)

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Studio: Baker Books
Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.75" Height: 9"
Weight:   2.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2006
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  080106810X  
ISBN13  9780801068102  

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More About Louise Cowan & Os Guinness

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Louise Cowan is a professor of literature at the University of Dallas and a cofounder of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. She is the author of two books and of numerous essays on literary and educational topics.
Os Guinness is a senior fellow with the Trinity Forum and the author of many books, including "The American Hour, God in the Dark, "and "Answering the Call."

Louise Cowan currently resides in the state of Texas. Louise Cowan was born in 1916.

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Good but too Christian  Feb 19, 2010
This is an excellent guide to the classics and places them in history nicely but it definitely written from a Christian point of view. The introduction says something about "standing beside other religions" but the book does not deliver that. I would love a version of this book without it being centered around Christianity.
Accept the invitation!  Jan 30, 2010
Are you yet another shameless philistine? Most likely not, since you're considering reading this book. You're here, thus this book is for you! A strange conclusion, I know. Let it stand.

Avoiding every brand of fashionable nonsense that's infected today's literary criticism, editors Louise Cowan and Os Guinness here offer an excellent guide to the foundational works of Western Civilization. They've assembled, in addition to themselves, a worthy team of writers who approach each work or movement not as museum pieces, but as rooted in the permanent things and hence eternally alive. Its first three prefatory chapters alone are worth its price. Read this book. Become a custodian. Let today's catastrophic decay compel you to do so.

Also see:

The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being


The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to English and American Literature (Politically Incorrect Guides)

Finally, see my various lists and guides here, accessible via my profile, for more.
great book..not like any other guide to Classics  Jan 16, 2008
While there are many "guides" to the Classics out there, this one is one of my husband and my favorites; I am a graduate of St. John's College (MA in Great Books) and my husband had one of the authors (Louise Cowan) for undergrad...

We like the book for the philosopy it espouses...Christian humanistic but much smarter than your average "Christian" book. It is a great resource for overviews on the great thinkers and provides questions and good resources for more info. on each of the "great" writers." I find the questions to be more substantive and the resources to be more carefully researched than in other "guides" that I have read.

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