Education: Handy Guide for The Autodidact

How to hit the books at home

Ever regret passing up that course in anthropology or art history? College on Your Own (Bantam; $6.95), a new 417-page anthology of college reading lists, offers a second chance to set out on all those roads not taken, in or out of college. Compiled by Gail Thain Parker, former president of Bennington College, and veteran Guidebook Author Gene R. Hawes, the book is an intellectual Whitman's Sampler. The reading lists have been approved by some 20 professors at leading colleges. Their fields range from such traditional disciplines as art history, English literature and mathematics to...

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