Education: It Comes Hard

Novelist Somerset Maugham was not the first barker to cry that literature is nothing if not entertainment. Book clubs had already promised that Plato could be fun, and that classics were racy and could be read on the run. Were the Best Books as easy as all that? Not so, said a group of prominent U.S. writers, professors and college presidents, in a report out last week—by no means. The road to understanding great literature is rocky, but worth it, said the Commission on Liberal Education* of the Association of American Colleges.


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