Susan Wise Bauer

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Susan Wise Bauer (born 1968) is an American author, English instructor of writing and American literature at The College of William and Mary, and founder of Peace Hill Press.

She holds a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in English and a Ph.D. in American Studies from The College of William and Mary. She received her B.A. from Liberty University. She has been a member of the English faculty at William and Mary since 1993.

She is the author of The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, a chronological walk through the greatest discoveries of science, published by W. W. Norton (2015); The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, a guide to reading the great books published by W. W. Norton (2003); a four-volume world history series for children, The Story of the World, published by Peace Hill Press; an elementary writing curriculum (Writing With Ease) and a pre-rhetoric program (Writing With Skill); and the first three volumes of an ongoing world history series for W. W. Norton. She co-authored, with her mother, Jessie Wise, The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, published by W. W. Norton in 1999 and revised and updated it in 2004 and 2009. This text established Bauer as a central figure in the modern classical education and home education movements.[1]

Susan Wise Bauer is also a contributing editor for the journal Books & Culture. Her essays on literature and American religion have been cited by such diverse authors as Randall Balmer [2] and Jennifer Harris,[3] and have also appeared in a number of anthologies.[4]

She learned Latin at age 10 and also studied Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Korean. Her works have been translated and published in Korea by Theory & Praxis and Goldenbough/Minums; in the Netherlands by Uitgeverij Mozaiek (Zoetermeer); in Spain by Paidos; in China by Peking University Press; in Indonesia by Elex Media Komputindo; in Russia by AST Publishing Group; in Serbian by Laguna and in Bulgaria by Prozorets.

Her literary agent is Michael Carlisle of Inkwell Literary Management.

Additionally, Bauer homeschools four children and writes children's books. She lives on a family farm in Charles City, Virginia.[5] She offers positive perspectives towards religion and homeschooling in some of her work.[6]


  • Bauer, Susan Wise (2009). The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home. W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-06708-8.
  • Bauer, Susan Wise (2003). The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had. W. W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-05094-7.
  • Bauer, Susan Wise (2007). The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome. W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-05974-8.
  • Bauer, Susan Wise (2010). The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade. W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-05975-5.
  • Bauer, Susan Wise (2013). The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople. W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-05976-2.
  • Bauer, Susan Wise (2015). The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory. W. W. Norton. ISBN 978-0-393-24326-0.


  1. ^ "City Journal" (The Manhattan Institute), Summer 2000; "Homeschooling for Dummies," by Jennifer Kaufeld (John Wiley, 2001), p. 129; "Wisdom and Eloquence," by Robert Littlejohn and Charles Evans (Crossway Books, 2006), p. ; "Homeschooling 101: The Essential Handbook," by Mark and Christine Field (Broadman & Holman, 2007), p. 28; "The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling," by Debra Bell (Thomas Nelson, 2000), p. 148.
  2. ^ "Protestantism in America," by Randall Balmer (Columbia University Press, 2002), p. 163
  3. ^ "The Oprah Phenomenon," ed. Jennifer Harris (University of Kentucky Press, 2007), p. 195.
  4. ^ "Wonderful Words of Life: Hymns in American Protestant History and Theology," ed. Richard J. Mouw and Mark A. Noll (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004), pp. 205-233; "The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing," by Leland Ryken (Shaw, rev. and exp. ed., 2002), p. 229-312; "Racism: Current Controversies," ed. Mary E. Williams (Greenhaven Press/The Gale Group, 2004), pp. 146-155); "The Best Christian Writing 2000," ed. John Wilson (HarperSanFrancisco, 2000), pp. 46-59.
  5. ^ Administration - Well-Trained Mind Academy Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  6. ^ Olasky, Marvin. "Writers on Writing. Part two: Writing with children". WORLD Magazine. July 3, 2010: 57, 59.

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