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Posted September 19, 2013
Marc Edmundson's Why Teach? is an impassioned defense of the spi
Marc Edmundson's Why Teach? is an impassioned defense of the spiritual values ("soulmaking") of immersion in literature, and it rewards the educated reader with many literary allusions and echoes of great writers. But it lacks an index to help readers relocate references to quoted authors, and, surprisingly for a tenured professor of English literature, it contains many errors of writing and proofreading, sometimes two in the same paragraph. Examples: "assent" for "ascent"; "picked" for "picket"; the verb "submit" for "subordinate"; the redundancy of "a mutual friend of both of them"; "chrons" for "chronos"; numerous split infinitives. And then there is the unnecessary resort to vernacular idioms: e.g., "piss off" for "annoy." Elegance would seem a far preferable accompaniment to the author's eloquence.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.