Harvard Classics:  Five Foot Bookshelf

Harvard Classics: Five Foot Bookshelf

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Harvard Classics: Five-Foot Shelf of Books
Known as The Harvard Classics, this honored collection encompasses more than 2,000 years of the world's greatest poetry, drama, history, philosophy, scripture, and more. These are the books that have shaped our thoughts, our language...our very lives. The full 50-volume set brings together more than 1,850 works by over 300 masters of thought and letters, and includes Dr. Eliot's Reader's Guide and a General Index containing upwards of 18,000 entries.


    Harvard Classics: Five Foot Bookshelf Reviews

  • Hadrian

    The books that started it all for me - I started a vigorous campaign of self-education when I was in freshman year of high-school by reading all of these. It took well over a year, but I managed to ge...

  • E.A. Bucchianeri

    Charles W. Eliot, an American academic who became Harvard's president in 1869, was instrumental in raising the once provincial college to the most prestigious university of the United States. Eliot no...

  • Jan (the Gryphon)

    This set of Classics was to have made a liberal education available to anyone who cared to follow the reading course set forward by Dr. Eliot. The world has changed since Eliot's first publication, bu...

  • Toria

    Currently on Volume 5. Every home should have a set....

  • John Budding

    My wife bought this set of 50 books for me from a used bookshop as a Christmas gift in 1996. I diligently read one volume every month for 4 years but got bogged down in the volume of Pascal's "Thought...

  • Mark

    I just started the first book in this series. It contains the biography of Benjamin Franklin, the Journal of John Woolman, and selected writings from William Penn....

  • Razzbeary

    It opened my eyes in so many ways. I loved discovering the sources of so many cultural and literary references we still use to this day. I gained perspective from the overview of the progression of hu...

  • Hans Ostrom

    The five-foot shelf of books is something to "read in," not to finish reading. It is very canonical and a bit old-fashioned, but also quirky. ...

  • Jay Szpirs

    - creates a psuedo-narrative link between Socrates/Plate-Epictetus-Aurileus-Long's essays are great; provides context and thematic clarification: groups like points in M.A.'s meditations, very valuabl...

  • Richard Tolleson

    I have long wanted to read these, and 2016 was the year. It's hard to judge this selection as I would a normal book. Some days were enjoyable or enlightening, other days were torture. Some of the scie...