Click on book titles for links to texts.
* Some of the books for this course are a bit expensive. For that reason the texts by Williams and Kennedy are recommended but not required. Please note that amazon.com offers used books which are much more economical. The tutor has also prepared extensive annotated outlines of these and other texts as an alternative resource (see the Rhetoric Atrium). For more details, see the information below.
(1) How to Read a Book, rev. ed. Mortimer J. Adler, Charles Van Doren (Simon & Schuster, 1972; ISBN-10: 0671212095;
(2) Style:Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace, 6th ed., Joseph M. Williams (Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 1999; ISBN 0321024087;
7th ed., 2002: ISBN-10: 0321095170; ISBN-13: 978-0321095176). ***NOTE: This text, Style: Ten Lessons, carries a high
list price. Since we only spend two weeks on this text, you may want to check out the used and "like-new" copies which
are available through amazon.com for considerably less expense. Due to the cost, this book is not required. A detailed,
annotated outline of the book is provided by the tutor on the website: http://www.oxfordtutorials.com/StyleTenLessons.htm
(3) Aristotle on Rhetoric: A Theory of Civil Discourse, ed. George A. Kennedy (Oxford University. Press, 1991; ISBN 0195064879
***NOTE: This book is recommended, but not required; the instructor has posted a free E-text of Aristotle's treatise, trans. by
W. Rhys Roberts, on the website; Click on this link to access that file: Aristotle's Treatise on Rhetoric; the Kennedy translation
(listed and linked above) is also available from Amazon.com associate sellers for bargain prices ("used" and "like new" copies).
(4) The Penguin Book of Historic Speeches, ed. Brian MacArthur, reprint ed. (Penguin USA, 1997; ISBN-10: 0140176195;
(5) Gorgias, by Plato, trans. Walter Hamilton, Reprint ed. (Penguin Classics, 1971: ISBN 0140440941):
***NOTE: This book is currently out-of-print; however, amazon.com offers a wide selection of used and "like-new" copies
through Amazon associates; there is also a free E-text of the Gorgias available through the Internet Classics Archive.
(1) Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History, ed. William Safire, rev. ed. (W.W. Norton & Co., 1997; ISBN-10: 0393040054;
ISBN-13: 978-0393040050). ***NOTE: This book is currently out-of-print; however, amazon.com offers a wide selection of used
and "like-new" copies of the same text through their associate sellers (linked to the title above).
(2) Orthodoxy, by G. K. Chesterton, ed. Philip Yancey, (Harold Shaw Pub., 1994 [Hardcover]; ISBN 087788630X); repr. ed., 2001
[Hardcover]: ISBN-10: 087788630X; ISBN-13: 978-0877886303).
(3) Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis, (HarperCollins, 2001; ISBN-10: 0060652926; ISBN-13: 978-0060652920).
For those who may have qualms about using amazon.com or other online booksellers, please allow me to reassure you. I have purchased literally hundreds of books through amazon (new & used) and other online booksellers over the past eight years, and I am 100% pleased with their service. I have never been disappointed or experienced a snag. However, if you prefer, you may want to check out your local (new & used) bookstores instead.