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Harvard Classics Book List

Posted by nechc on April 12, 2008

In looking for books to read I came across this:
Harvard Classics book list from when people continued to self educate themselves.
1       Benjamin Franklin, John Woolman, William Penn
2       Plato, Epictecus, Marcus Aurelius
3       Bacon, Milton’s Prose, Thomas Browne
4       Milton’s Complete Poems in English
5       Emerson. Essays and English Traits
6       Burns. Poems and Songs
7       Saint Augustine, The Confessions. Thomas A Kempis, Imitation of Christ
8       Nine Greek Dramas
9       Letters and Treatises of Cicero and Pliny
10     Adam Smith. The Wealth of Nations
11     Darwin. The Origin of Species
12     Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans
13     Virgil’s Aeneid
14     Cervantes. Don Quixote, Part I
15     Bunyan. The Pilgrim’s Progress. Donne and Herbert. Isaak Walton
16     The Thousand and One Nights
17     Folk-Lore and Fable, Aesop, Grimm, Anderson
18     Modern English Drama
19     Goethe: Faust, Egmont, etc. Marlowe: Doctor Faustus
20     Dante. The Divine Comedy
21     Manzoni. I Promessi Sposi
22     Homer. The Odyssey
23     Dana. Two Years Before the Mast
24     Burke. On the Sublime; Reflections on the Revolution in France, etc.
25     J. S. Mill and Thomas Carlyle

26     Continental Drama
27     English Essays, Sidney to Macaulay
28     English and American Essays
29     Darwin. Voyage of the Beagle
30     Faraday, Helmholtz, Kelvin, Newcomb, etc.
31     Cellini. Autobiography
32     Montaigne, Sainte-Beuve, Renan, etc.
33     Voyages and Travels
34     Descartes, Voltaire, Rousseau, Hobbes
35     Froissart, Malory, Holinshed
36     Machiavelli, More, Luther
37     Locke, Berkeley, Hume
38     Harvey, Jenner, Lister, Pasteur
39     Famous Prefaces
40     English Poetry, 1
41     English Poetry, 2
42     English Poetry, 3
43     American Historical Documents
44     Sacred Writings, 1
45     Sacred Writings, 2
46     Elizabethan Drama, 1
47     Elizabethan Drama, 2
48     Pascal. Thoughts and Minor Works
49     Epic and Saga
50     Introduction, Reader’s Guide and Indexes
51    Lectures on The Harvard Classics 

Published by P F Collier & Sons in 1917. The particular works were selected by Charles W Eliot. Each volume has an illustrated frontispiece and illustrated inside covers. other titles included in this complete set are:

  • Vol 1 “The History of Tom Jones” by Henry Fielding
  • Vol 2 “The History of Tom Jones” by Henry Fielding
  • Vol 3 “Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy” by Sterne and “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austin
  • Vol 4 “Guy Mannering” by Sir Walter Scott
  • Vol 5 “Vanity Fair” by Thackeray
  • Vol 6 “”Vanity Fair” by Thackeray
  • Vol 7 “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens
  • Vol 8 “David Copperfield” by Dickens
  • Vol 9 “The Mill on the Floss” by George Eliot
  • Vol 10 American Fiction by Poe, Irving, Hales, Harte, Hawthorne, Twain
  • Vol 11 “The Portrait of a Lady” by Henry James
  • Vol 12 “Notre Dame De Paris” by Victor Hugo
  • Vol 13 French Fiction by Balzac, De Musset, Sand, Daudet, De Maupassant
  • Vol 14 “Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship” by Goethe
  • Vol 15 German Fiction by Goethe, Keller, Fontane, Storm
  • Vol 16 “Anna Karenina” by Tolstoy
  • Vol 17 “Anna Karenina” and “Ivan The Fool” by Tolstoy
  • Vol 18 “Crime and Punishment” by Dostoevsky
  • Vol 19 “A House of Gentlefolk” and “Fathers and Children” by Turgenev
  • Vol 20 “Pepita Jimenez” by Valera; “A Happy Boy” by Bjornson; “Skipper Worse” by Kielland 

    I hope to add otehr book lists but some would be the Newberry Award winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, and those suggested in Honey for a Child’s Heart.


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