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About the Author

Susan Wise Bauer is the author of The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (revised edition, Norton, 2016) and co-author with her mother, Jessie Wise, of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (4th edition, Norton, 2016), a book which has show more become an educational standard. Susan has taught literature and writing at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. Visit her home page at susanwisebauer.com. show less
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Works by Susan Wise Bauer

The Revolt (1996) 42 copies
Though the Darkness Hide Thee (1998) 35 copies, 1 review

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Canonical name
Bauer, Susan Wise
Birthdate
1968-08
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
Places of residence
Virginia, USA
Education
Liberty University (BA|1988)
Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div.|1991)
College of William and Mary (M.A.|English Language and Literature|1996)
College of William and Mary (Ph.D.|American Studies|2007)
Occupations
professor
historian
children's book author
editor
publisher
Relationships
Wise, Jessie (mother)
Organizations
College of William and Mary (professor)
Peace Hill Press (editor-in-chief)
Books and Culture (contributing editor)
Agent
Michael Carlisle
Short biography
Susan was born in 1968, grew up in Virginia, and was educated at home by pioneering parents, back when home education was still unheard of. She worked as a professional musician, wore a costume at Colonial Williamsburg, toured with a travelling drama group, galloped racehorses at a Virginia racetrack, taught horseback riding, worked in radio and newspaper ad sales, learned enough Korean to teach a Korean four-year-old Sunday school, and served as librarian and reading tutor for the Rita Welsh Adult Literacy Center in Williamsburg, Virginia.

In her less haphazard adult life, she earned an M.A., M.Div., and Ph.D. She has taught at the College of William & Mary in Virginia for the last sixteen years. Susan is married and the mother of four.

Susan's most recent book for Norton, The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory (2015), guides us back to the original texts that have changed the way we think about our world, our cosmos, and ourselves.!

Her previous book, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (2003), is a guide to reading the classic works of fiction, poetry, history, autobiography, and drama. Norton also published The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (with co-author Jessie Wise); originally published in 1999, this bestselling guide to education in the classical tradition was revised and updated in 2004 and again in 2009.

For Peace Hill Press, Susan has written a four-volume world history series for children, The Story of the World, for Peace Hill Press. Volume 1, Ancient Times, was published in 2002 (revised edition 2006); Volume 2, The Middle Ages, in 2003 (revised edition 2007); and Volume 3, Early Modern Times, in 2004. The final volume, The Modern Age, was published in 2006. She has also written a best-selling elementary writing program, Writing With Ease.

Susan is also the author of The Art of the Public Grovel (Princeton University Press) and many articles and reviews. Visit her blog at http://www.susanwisebauer.com/blog.

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The Well-Educated Mind List in The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise-Bauer (September 2021)
New to the Group in The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise-Bauer (October 2014)
The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer in Ancient History (October 2011)
Don Quixote in The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise-Bauer (December 2009)

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These books, including this one, serve their purpose and this one is kind of useful to this adult who wasn't paying attention to international events which are now history in those distant teenage years. But, when it comes right down to it, I don't like the framing and the unnecessary factual errors (like the assertion that FDR had polio as a child) are annoying.
 
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themulhern | 3 other reviews | Jun 30, 2024 |
These books are good for what they do. And I learned that the Alamo is in San Antonio. I wonder where I used to think it was located.
 
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themulhern | 1 other review | May 11, 2024 |
These serve a purpose. The most important is the excursions into geography and lots of it. But aside from the geography, I can not enjoy it.
 
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themulhern | 1 other review | Mar 30, 2024 |
This book is basically a history and culture textbook written for homeschoolers who are short on time and culture and need to get everything from just one book. It has to simplify and shorten, to be accessible to children. In its three pages on Alcibiades, it goes too far and actually misleads; every other sentence is completely false. What did the same author do with Alcibiades in her history for adults? I'm actually curious now.

I tried listening to the book, instead of reading. It seems to go really awry with most of Greek history. Its big virtue is that it goes around and around the world, picking up the threads on one continent after another.… (more)
 
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themulhern | 6 other reviews | Dec 2, 2023 |

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