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( newly updated TOC ) The Harvard Universal Classics, originally known as Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf, is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot and first published in 1909. Eliot had stated in speeches that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minu ( newly updated TOC ) The Harvard Universal Classics, originally known as Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf, is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot and first published in 1909. Eliot had stated in speeches that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that could fit on a five-foot shelf. (Originally he had said a three-foot shelf.) The publisher P. F. Collier and Son saw an opportunity and challenged Eliot to make good on this statement by selecting an appropriate collection of works, and the Harvard Classics was the result. Eliot worked for one year with William A. Neilson, a professor of English; Eliot determined the works to be included and Neilson selected the specific editions and wrote introductory notes. Each volume had 400–450 pages, and the included texts are "so far as possible, entire works or complete segments of the world's written legacies." The collection was widely advertised by Collier and Son, in Collier's and elsewhere, with great success. Eight years later Eliot added a further 20 volumes as a sub-collection titled 'The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction', offering some of the greatest novels and short stories of world literature. The exhaustive anthology of the 'The Harvard Classics' comprises every major literary figure, philosopher, religion, folklore and historical subject up to the twentieth century.


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( newly updated TOC ) The Harvard Universal Classics, originally known as Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf, is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot and first published in 1909. Eliot had stated in speeches that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minu ( newly updated TOC ) The Harvard Universal Classics, originally known as Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf, is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot and first published in 1909. Eliot had stated in speeches that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that could fit on a five-foot shelf. (Originally he had said a three-foot shelf.) The publisher P. F. Collier and Son saw an opportunity and challenged Eliot to make good on this statement by selecting an appropriate collection of works, and the Harvard Classics was the result. Eliot worked for one year with William A. Neilson, a professor of English; Eliot determined the works to be included and Neilson selected the specific editions and wrote introductory notes. Each volume had 400–450 pages, and the included texts are "so far as possible, entire works or complete segments of the world's written legacies." The collection was widely advertised by Collier and Son, in Collier's and elsewhere, with great success. Eight years later Eliot added a further 20 volumes as a sub-collection titled 'The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction', offering some of the greatest novels and short stories of world literature. The exhaustive anthology of the 'The Harvard Classics' comprises every major literary figure, philosopher, religion, folklore and historical subject up to the twentieth century.

58 review for The Complete Harvard Classics Collection (51 Volumes + The Harvard Classic Shelf of Fiction)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jo Walton

    I'm going to be reading this for a long long time, so I'll update as I go. 1) Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Reread. I wish he'd finished it, it's great, and was as delightful to read again as it was the first time. I get the feeling that if he'd finished it I would understand and feel more sympathetic towards the US Revolution. Lovely, even in unfinished form. 2) Journal of John Woolman. Well, I'd never have picked this up, so this compilation justifies itself already. A Quaker who decided I'm going to be reading this for a long long time, so I'll update as I go. 1) Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Reread. I wish he'd finished it, it's great, and was as delightful to read again as it was the first time. I get the feeling that if he'd finished it I would understand and feel more sympathetic towards the US Revolution. Lovely, even in unfinished form. 2) Journal of John Woolman. Well, I'd never have picked this up, so this compilation justifies itself already. A Quaker who decided that slavery was wrong and went around telling people so, very earnest and sincere and full of moral courage and slightly odd opinions-- he was also against dye in clothes -- and convinced Quakers to quit practicing and endorsing and profiting by slavery, because it was wrong. Who says people can't make a difference? Not exactly a fun read, but I'm glad I have read it. N.B. I'm going to be reading this essentially forever. That's OK, but I'm still no more than 1% of the way through. 3) William Penn The Fruits of Solitude. Well, that was a yawnfest of proverbs. Glad to be done with that. 4) Plato, Apology. I have read it a million times and this is not an exciting translation. Skipping. 5) Plato, Crito. I practically know it by heart. Skipping. 6) Plato, Phaedo. I absolutely agee with the inclusion of these, though actually I might have put the Phaedrus and the Symposium instead of the Crito and the Phaedo if anyone had asked me. But still skipping. 7) Epictetus, The Golden Sayings. 8) The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

  2. 4 out of 5

    Classic reverie

    I saw this at Delphi publishing site about the Harvard Classic offering and has to have it, though I am not quite sure how many books I will read before I die but as I read at my convince and definitely not in order. I just have to mention after watching a "Waltons" tv episode earlier this year where John Boy wants to buy the whole Harvard Classic Collection of books with his mother's help. I had recently seen that this edition would be coming out before seeing the show but the show cliched it f I saw this at Delphi publishing site about the Harvard Classic offering and has to have it, though I am not quite sure how many books I will read before I die but as I read at my convince and definitely not in order. I just have to mention after watching a "Waltons" tv episode earlier this year where John Boy wants to buy the whole Harvard Classic Collection of books with his mother's help. I had recently seen that this edition would be coming out before seeing the show but the show cliched it for me. The Walton paid dearly for them but today electronically, it is very inexpensive. My reviews are listed under the title of the book but I will read from here and highlight/ take notes. Great navigation in this Kindle version!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Saumen

    হাভার্ড ধ্রুপদী সাহিত্যসংগ্রহ বইটার সন্ধান পেয়েছিলাম কিভাবে ভুলে গেছি। আমার বড় বড় সমগ্র আর সংগ্রহের সংগ্রহ করার ইচ্ছা ছিল, সেখান থেকেই এর সন্ধানলাভ। তৎকালীন হার্ভাড প্রফেসর এলিয়ট দাবী করেন যে, তিনি এমন একটি ধ্রুপদী সাহিত্যের আকরগ্রন্থ সংকলন করতে চান যে, একজন মানুষ বছরে প্রতিদিন যদি ১৫ মিনিট করে সময় দেন,তাহলে তার ধ্রুপদী সাহিত্যশিক্ষা স্বয়ংসম্পূর্ণ হবে। তৎকালীন একটা বিখ্যাত প্রকাশনা প্রতিষ্ঠান তার দাবির যৌক্তিকতা প্রমাণ করতে তাকে চ্যালেঞ্জ ছুড়ে দেয়। এ ঘটনা থেকেই জন্ম নেয় হার্ভার্ড ধ্রুপ হাভার্ড ধ্রুপদী সাহিত্যসংগ্রহ বইটার সন্ধান পেয়েছিলাম কিভাবে ভুলে গেছি। আমার বড় বড় সমগ্র আর সংগ্রহের সংগ্রহ করার ইচ্ছা ছিল, সেখান থেকেই এর সন্ধানলাভ। তৎকালীন হার্ভাড প্রফেসর এলিয়ট দাবী করেন যে, তিনি এমন একটি ধ্রুপদী সাহিত্যের আকরগ্রন্থ সংকলন করতে চান যে, একজন মানুষ বছরে প্রতিদিন যদি ১৫ মিনিট করে সময় দেন,তাহলে তার ধ্রুপদী সাহিত্যশিক্ষা স্বয়ংসম্পূর্ণ হবে। তৎকালীন একটা বিখ্যাত প্রকাশনা প্রতিষ্ঠান তার দাবির যৌক্তিকতা প্রমাণ করতে তাকে চ্যালেঞ্জ ছুড়ে দেয়। এ ঘটনা থেকেই জন্ম নেয় হার্ভার্ড ধ্রুপদী সাহিত্যসংগ্রহ বা পাচঁফুটি বইয়ের তাক(অরূপরতনীয় বাংলা)। সংকলক দাবি করেছেন, এই সংগ্রহের সবগুলি বই একটা পাচঁ ফুট উচুঁ তাককে পুরো ভরে ফেলবে। এই বিশাল প্রকল্পে মোট ৫০ টি খন্ড ছিল, যেখানে বিশ্বের সাতটি ভাষার প্রধান প্রধান ক্লাসিকগুলি স্থান পেয়েছে। ৫১ তম খন্ডটি হচ্ছে নির্দেশনা পুস্তিকা, যেটা এলিয়ট সাহেব নিজে লিখেছিলেন। পরে ১৯১৭ সালে হার্ভার্ড গদ্যগ্রন্থের তাক নামে ২০ খন্ডে সারাবিশ্বের উল্লেখযোগ্য গদ্যগ্রন্থ গুলি সঙ্কলিত হয়। তাহলে সর্বমোট খন্ড দাড়াঁল ৭১টি। যদিও এলিয়ট বলেছেন, তাকে ২৩০০০ পেজের একটা সর্বোচ্চ সীমা দেয়া হয়েছিল। তাই ইচ্ছা থাকা সত্ত্বেও অনেক ধ্রুপদী সাহিত্য তিনি অন্তর্ভুক্ত করতে পারেননি। একথা সহজেই অনুমেয় যে, নয় থেকে নব্বই, সবার জন্যই এই সংগ্রহে কিছু না কিছু আছে। বিজ্ঞান, ইতিহাস, ধর্ম, দর্শন,রাজনীতি এমন জ্ঞানের ৫টি ভাগ করে, উল্লেখ্য গ্রন্থগুলি এই সংগ্রহে অন্তর্ভুক্ত করা হয়েছে। ১৯০৯ সালে প্রকাশিত পৃথিবীর সম্ভবত সর্ববৃহৎ একক ধ্রুপদী সাহিত্যের সংকলনটি নিজেই এখন ধ্রুপদী হয়ে গেছে। প্রকাশের পর থেকেই তুমুল জনপ্রিয় এই সংগ্রহ কখনোই ছাপাখানা থেকে বিলুপ্ত হয়নি। আমার একটা ব্যাক্তিগত দুঃখ এই যে, পরর্বতীতে যেসব অসাধারণ সাহিত্যিক এসেছেন, বা যাদের লেখার লেখকসত্ত্ব তখনো বহাল ছিল,সেই লেখাগুলি এখানে নেই। যেমন রেমন্ড চ্যান্ডলার, আর্থার কোন্যান ডয়েল, আমার প্রিয় লেখক জর্জ ওরয়েল, উইলিয়াম ফকনার, এসব মহারথীদের লেখা এই সংকলনের অন্তর্ভুক্ত নয়। যারা বইটি সংগ্রহ করতে চান, তারা ডেলফি প্রকাশনীর ইপাবখানা সংগ্রহ করতে পারেন। তুমুল পুজিঁবাদী অরূপরতন দাদা অবশ্য ভিন্ন কথা বলতে পারেন, কিন্তু গরীবের আর কি করা! তাকেঁ সম্মান করেই রিভিউটি ধ্রুপদী বাংলায় লেখার চেষ্টা করা হল। আপনি বইটি কি সম্পূর্ণ পড়েছেন কিনা, এ প্রশ্ন জিজ্ঞাসা করে লজ্জা দেবেন না। একথা আপনারাই বিচার করুন।

  4. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    This is not something you read through; it is to be browsed over time. I have a hardbound set for nearly 50 years so I've read most of it. Got the Kindle set just to have for browsing too whenever I am out and about. This is not something you read through; it is to be browsed over time. I have a hardbound set for nearly 50 years so I've read most of it. Got the Kindle set just to have for browsing too whenever I am out and about.

  5. 5 out of 5

    George Huddleston

    No

  6. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Loween

    The title... That's pretty much my review The title... That's pretty much my review

  7. 5 out of 5

    AJ Flamingo

    Rating for Franklin’s Autobiography Benjamin Franklin was a wise man. His story of self-improvement and his ideas which he put into action are as relevant today as they were two centuries plus ago.

  8. 4 out of 5

    James P

    No table of contents I can't find any table of contents, so it is almost impossible to find anything in this book. If there's one it needs to be at the beginning. No table of contents I can't find any table of contents, so it is almost impossible to find anything in this book. If there's one it needs to be at the beginning.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Provencher

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lee

  11. 5 out of 5

    Neil Marshall

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kun-Hsing Liu

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sanjeev

  16. 4 out of 5

    Steven Seibert

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chris Rodriguez

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephen knowles

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jane

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Nadeau

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Jacobs

  23. 5 out of 5

    E. L. Nirdlinger

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marek ChoronZone

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dimitri Vandenberghe

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dr. R.B. James

  27. 5 out of 5

    John M Fairfield

  28. 5 out of 5

    Qing Ma

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Wayne

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tim

  31. 4 out of 5

    Tiger

  32. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  33. 4 out of 5

    Steve Hager

  34. 4 out of 5

    Chris Spangle

  35. 4 out of 5

    Fred Kiesche

  36. 4 out of 5

    Robert Headden

  37. 4 out of 5

    Michel Van Goethem

  38. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Anthony

  39. 5 out of 5

    Atul

  40. 5 out of 5

    Jackson Varney

  41. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

  42. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

  43. 5 out of 5

    Alva

  44. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Wiley

  45. 4 out of 5

    DONALD PERSAUD

  46. 4 out of 5

    Martha

  47. 5 out of 5

    Lezli

  48. 5 out of 5

    Thomas White

  49. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Wayne

  50. 5 out of 5

    YeastOfEden

  51. 5 out of 5

    John Martin

  52. 5 out of 5

    anthony affissio

  53. 4 out of 5

    PJ

  54. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

  55. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Christianson

  56. 5 out of 5

    Paula F. Turner

  57. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  58. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Crothall

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