A World of Ideas
Tenth Edition   ©2017

A World of Ideas

Essential Readings for College Writers

Lee A. Jacobus (University of Connecticut)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-04740-8; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-04740-5; Format: Paper Text

"I used A World of Ideas when I was enrolled in junior college. And now that I teach at the same institution, I believe it's my moral obligation to provide my English composition students with a similar wealth of ideas that will shape and reshape their views of the world. I am able to fulfill this academic commitment through Lee Jacobus's text, for as Plato would say, it remains ‘truly rich . . . in virtue and wisdom.’"
–Jason Casem, Long Beach City College

"A World of Ideas is the one text you need if you want your students to appreciate how writing has shaped the world they've inherited and the world they will pass on to their children. No other reader on the market comes close. It's the only book in in its class that shows students how writing impacted the world we inherited."
–Greg Underwood, Pearl River Community College

"A World of Ideas takes excerpts from serious, seminal texts and packs them into an amazing anthology. Given that so many students come into college with little in the way of scholarship when it comes to the classics of the Western canon, it seems appropriate to try to expose them to ideas that have shaped Western culture. A composition course might be the only place they are ever allowed to read Thoreau, Machiavelli, Arendt, Douglass or Rousseau."
–Jon Brammer, Three Rivers Community College

"A World of Ideas will open your eyes to areas of immense importance of what it means to be a human being. You are going to read the best that has been written on democracy, government, ethics, wealth, gender, language, and education by not only the greatest thinkers in human history but also the contemporary ones. Challenge these thinkers, and be ready to be enlightened and challenged by them."
–Suocai Su, Harold Washington College

"A World of Ideas is the text that made me an English major."
–Garry Partridge, San Antonio College