This critically acclaimed collection is both a passionate celebration of teaching as a vocation and an argument for rhetoric as the center of liberal education. While Booth provides an eloquent personal account of the pleasures of teaching, he also vigorously exposes the political and economic scandals that frustrate even the most dedicated ...Read MoreThis critically acclaimed collection is both a passionate celebration of teaching as a vocation and an argument for rhetoric as the center of liberal education. While Booth provides an eloquent personal account of the pleasures of teaching, he also vigorously exposes the political and economic scandals that frustrate even the most dedicated educators. "[Booth] is unusually adept at addressing a wide variety of audiences. From deep in the heart of this academic jungle, he shows a clear eye and a firm step."--Alison Friesinger Hill, "New York Times " "Book Review" "A cause for celebration. . . . What an uncommon man is Wayne Booth. What an uncommon book he has provided for our reflection." --James Squire, "Educational Leadership" "This book stands as a vigorous reminder of the traditional virtues of the scholar-teacher."--Brian Cox, "Times Literary " "Supplement"Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 1991-03-22 Booth's articles and speeches address the art of rhetoric--reading, writing, thinking and speaking--and its importance to teachers and students alike. ``Eloquent. . . . This collection illuminates the disparaged word `rhetoric,' '' said PW. (Apr.)
Publishers Weekly, 1989-01-13 The art and the craft of teaching, particularly as viewed from the aspect of the teacher of English, are examined from many angles and positions in this eloquent collection of articles and speeches by a professor of English at the University of Chicago. Booth, who has written extensively on the subject, pursues the thesis that the ``calling of a teacher and the calling of a rhetorician'' are almost identical. From the rich, 40 years' experience of his vocation, and taking due cognizance of recent challenges that liberal arts education is in serious disarray, Booth speaks to teachers and students. He places rhetoricthe arts of reading, writing, speaking and thinkingat the center of English teaching, inseparable from good writing and speaking. Demonstrating the uses of rhetorical strategies in teaching, Booth is not unaware of the diverse populations that educators on all levels face. This collection illuminates the disparaged word ``rhetoric.'' (Mar.)
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