Mark Edmundson's article "On the Uses of the Liberal Arts" is reported to be the most photocopied essay on college campuses, by students and faculty. In Why Read? the author expands his arguments and gives a passionate and compelling explanation for why books matter. Though he deplores the current cultural climate, Edmundson believes reading great books can have a profound influence, providing readers with the answers that religion no longer can. He is a fluent, convincing and non-academic writer with challenging ideas.
About the Author:
Mark Edmundson (Charlottesville, Virginia) is NEH/Daniels Family Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Virginia and a contributing editor to Harper's Magazine. His previous books include Nightmare on Main Street and Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference.