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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fwd: 100 Years Ago: "You Are What Your Reading Makes You," The San Francisco Call, Sept. 20, 1913




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A century ago the San Francisco Call (San Francisco, CA) announced "Good reading marks the difference between a broad and a narrow perspective in life - between a position in the lead and one in the line..." and advertised Dr. Eliot's Five-Foot Shelf of Books, also known as "the Harvard Classics." This fifty-volume set, available "at only a few cents a day," included more than 300 authors and 76,000 indexed subjects. In Dr. Eliot's words, "...reading of these books...will give any man the essentials of a liberal education, even if he can but devote to them fifteen minutes a day."... Join the Library of Congress in celebrating the world of reading this weekend during the National Book Festival (http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/ ) on the National Mall, Washington, DC. ... Read more about it!

 


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