Life Lessons from the Great Books : The Great Courses: Western Literature

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor J. Rufus Fears
  • Series: The Great Courses: Western Literature
  • 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Study more than three dozen works that span the timelines of Western history, from ancient Greece and Rome to the modern age. Whether written 2,000, 200, or 20 years ago, the enduring works of literature still speak to us and place our unique experiences into a larger perspective, offering invaluable lessons for every important moment in life.
Every Great Book you explore over these 36 insightful lectures-from the Odyssey and the Gospel of John to Hamlet and Animal Farm - is a unique expression of the human spirit and a fountain of advice, from how to conduct yourself in times of trouble to how to better appreciate the simple moments in your life.
You'll discover six broad themes that run through history's most compelling stories: the unconquerable human spirit, youth and old age, romance and love, adventure and courage, laughter and irony, and patriotism. In exploring these themes within the context of these Great Books, you learn new ideas about both the works themselves and the broad scope of the human condition.
If you haven't read these Great Books before, the warmth of Professor Fears's storytelling and his insightful approach to literature will have you heading to the library to learn more. And if you've already read these works, you'll discover new themes and ideas that will help you get more out of them.
Regardless of your previous familiarity with these works, you'll come to understand why these masterpieces remain eternal testaments to the variety of human experience and the powerful ways in which literature can guide and inspire us.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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A great lesson to life

This book will get you interested in history and literature. I loved it and can highly recommend
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- Oliver Gajtanski

Simply great!

Outstanding stories that teach you good values from the lessons history has taught us. The contextualisation is what makes the stories interesting and easy to understand.
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- Rajshekhar

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses