[HC] Harvard Classics

Harvard Classics (Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf) and the Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction [HC]

Published in 1909 and 1917 respectively.

The Harvard Classics, along with the Great Books of the Wester World series [GB], are what most Americans think of when they think of the Western Canon. It was originally called Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf after Charles Eliot, Harvard’s most renowned president and arbiter of taste and values. The five foot shelf was a reference to the size of the bookshelf you’d need to fit the collection. The idea was this was the only shelf of books one needed to be informed on Western thought. It is shorter than the Great Books series and, like that collection, leans heavily on the Greeks and Romans, as well as on fundamental nonfiction texts by philosophers, scientists, and historians from the 19th century and later. The Shelf of Fiction adds a helping of mostly 19th century novels.

Malcolm X famously read the entire five-foot shelf while in prison. He wrote about his discovery of Paradise Lost, which was just as much a trip for me as it sounds like it was for him. Though I wonder how he made it through some of the less plot-driven entries. (I’m glad I don’t have to. That one is an Orphan.)
 
To see the full Harvard Classics list, click here or read below. Works marked in RED appeared on at least one other of the twenty-four “Great Works” lists I’ve compiled, and so made the Master List.
The Harvard Classics
VOL. I. His Autobiography, by Benjamin Franklin
Journal, by John Woolman
Fruits of Solitude, by William Penn
II. The Apology, Phædo and Crito of Plato
The Golden Sayings of Epictetus
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
III. Essays, Civil and Moral & The New Atlantis, by Francis Bacon
Areopagitica & Tractate on Education, by John Milton
Religio Medici, by Sir Thomas Browne
IV. Complete Poems Written in English, by John Milton
V. Essays and English Traits, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
VI. Poems and Songs, by Robert Burns
VII. The Confessions of Saint Augustine
The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas à Kempis
VIII. AgamemnonThe Libation-BearersThe Furies &Prometheus Bound of Aeschylus
Oedipus the King & Antigone of Sophocles
Hippolytus & The Bacchæ of Euripides
The Frogs of Aristophanes
IX. On FriendshipOn Old Age & Letters, by Cicero
Letters, by Pliny the Younger
X. Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith
XI. The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin
XII. Lives, by Plutarch
XIII. Æneid, by Vergil
XIV. Don Quixote, Part 1, by Cervantes
XV. The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan
The Lives of Donne and Herbert, by Izaak Walton
XVI. Stories from the Thousand and One Nights
XVII. Fables, by Æsop
Household Tales, by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen
XVIII. All for Love, by John Dryden
The School for Scandal, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
She Stoops to Conquer, by Oliver Goldsmith
The Cenci, by Percy Bysshe Shelley
A Blot in the ’Scutcheon, by Robert Browning
Manfred, by Lord Byron
XIX. Faust, Part IEgmont & Hermann and Dorothea, by J.W. von Goethe
Dr. Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe
XX. The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri
XXI. I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni
XXII. The Odyssey of Homer
XXIII. Two Years before the Mast, by Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
XXIV. On TasteOn the Sublime and BeautifulReflections on the French Revolution & A Letter to a Noble Lord, byEdmund Burke
XXV. Autobiography & On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill
CharacteristicsInaugural Address at Edinburgh & Sir Walter Scott, by Thomas Carlyle
XXVI. Life Is a Dream, by Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Polyeucte, by Pierre Corneille
Phædra, by Jean Racine
Tartuffe, by Molière
Minna von Barnhelm, by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Wilhelm Tell, by Friedrich von Schiller
XXVII. English Essays: Sidney to Macaulay
XXVIII. Essays: English and American
XXIX. The Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin
XXX. Scientific Papers
XXXI. The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
XXXII. Literary and Philosophical Essays
XXXIII. Voyages and Travels: Ancient and Modern
XXXIV. Discourse on Method, by René Descartes
Letters on the English, by Voltaire
On the Inequality among Mankind & Profession of Faith of a Savoyard Vicar, by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Of Man, Being the First Part of Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes
XXXV. The Chronicles of Jean Froissart
The Holy Grail, by Sir Thomas Malory
A Description of Elizabethan England, by William Harrison
XXXVI. The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli
The Life of Sir Thomas More, by William Roper
Utopia, by Sir Thomas More
The Ninety-Five ThesisAddress to the Christian NobilityConcerning Christian Liberty, by Martin Luther
XXXVII. Some Thoughts Concerning Education, by John Locke
Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous in Opposition to Sceptics and Atheists, by George Berkeley
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, by David Hume
XXXVIII. The Oath of Hippocrates
Journeys in Diverse Places, by Ambroise Paré
On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, byWilliam Harvey
The Three Original Publications on Vaccination Against Smallpox, by Edward Jenner
The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever, by Oliver Wendell Holmes
On the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery, byJoseph Lister
Scientific Papers, by Louis Pasteur
Scientific Papers, by Charles Lyell
XXXIX. Prefaces and Prologues
XL. English Poetry I: Chaucer to Gray
XLI. English Poetry II: Collins to Fitzgerald
XLII. English Poetry III: Tennyson to Whitman
XLIII. American Historical Documents: 1000–1904
XLIV. Confucian: The Sayings of Confucius
Hebrew: JobPsalms & Ecclesiastes
Christian I: Luke & Acts
XLV. Christian II: Corinthians I & II & Hymns
Buddhist: Writings
Hindu: The Bhagavad-Gita
Mohammedan: Chapters from the Koran
XLVI. Edward the Second, by Christopher Marlowe
HamletKing LearMacbeth & The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
XLVII. The Shoemaker’s Holiday, by Thomas Dekker
The Alchemist, by Ben Jonson
Philaster, by Beaumont and Fletcher
The Duchess of Malfi, by John Webster
A New Way to Pay Old Debts, by Philip Massinger
XLVIII. ThoughtsLetters & Minor Works, by Blaise Pascal
XLIX. Epic & Saga: BeowulfThe Song of RolandThe Destruction of Dá Derga’s Hostel & The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs
LI. Lectures on the Harvard Classics
The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction
Bibliographic Record    General Introduction    Index to Criticisms and Interpretations
VOLS. I & II. The History of Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding
III. A Sentimental Journey, by Laurence Sterne
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
IV. Guy Mannering, by Sir Walter Scott
V & VI. Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray
VII. & VIII. David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
IX. The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot
X. The Scarlet Letter & Rappaccini’s Daughter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Rip Van Winkle & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, byWashington Irving
Three Short Stories, by Edgar Allan Poe
Three Short Stories, by Francis Bret Harte
Jim Smily and His Jumping Frog, by Samuel L. Clemens
The Man without a Country, by Edward Everett Hale
XI. The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James
XII. Notre Dame de Paris, by Victor Marie Hugo
XIII. Old Goriot, by Honoré de Balzac
The Devil’s Pool, by George Sand
The Story of a White Blackbird, by Alfred de Musset
Five Short Stories, by Alphonse Daudet
Two Short Stories, by Guy de Maupassant
XIV. & XV. Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship & The Sorrows of Werther, by J. W. von Goethe
The Banner of the Upright Seven, by Gottfried Keller
The Rider on the White Horse, by Theodor Storm
Trials and Tribulations, by Theodor Fontane
XVI. & XVII. Anna Karenin Ivan the Fool, by Leo Tolstoy
XVIII. Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
XIX. A House of Gentlefolk & Fathers and Children, by Ivan Turgenev
XX. Pepita Jimenez, by Juan Valera
A Happy Boy, by Björnstjerne Björnson
Skipper Worse, by Alexander L. Kielland

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