Four Classes of Readers
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“Language is the armory of the human mind and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1817
We are all different kinds of readers.
Some of us read slowly while others speed-read. Some read in every spare moment, in waiting rooms, bathrooms, subway cars, and noisy bars.
We read for different purposes: to entertain, inform, educate, challenge ourselves, or just avoid boredom. But we read because we’re interested in the printed word.
This is nothing new. In fact, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, in his Lectures on Principles of Poetry in 1808, managed to lump readers into four different categories: