Literary fiction boosts empathy in people who read it, granting the ability to see the world through another person’s eyes. And works of good  literature – particularly novels – can grant direct access to another person’s thoughts.  If people are reading less literature, it stands to reason that we may be becoming a less empathetic society. There had been a brief rebound in literature readers, in 2008, but the back-slide returned in 2015.

Reading literature, history, science as well as liberal arts contributes in the creation of a three-dimensional human being. Reading opens the mind, bringing awareness,

Quote from the New Yorker: Could a country that had widely read “Huckleberry Finn” have taken Donald J. Trump seriously for a second? Twain’s readers will remember “the king” and “the duke.” They know what a bullying con artist sounds like.

Reading stats:

  • Women out-read men
  • Education is the strongest factor
  • Another influence is high average household income

It appears that our literary future lies in the hands of young, well-educated women with high incomes.