Harvard Classics Volume 28 Paperback – November 30, 2009
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- Publisher : ValdeBooks (November 30, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 470 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1444454560
- ISBN-13 : 978-1444454567
- Item Weight : 1.73 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.06 x 9 inches
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Fro the time being I have sadly rated this purchase as two stars, but am hoping that the sellers can provide an update with a detailed and usable table of contents. Then I will be happy to upgrade my rating.
Go to Volume 50. Click on “Readers Guide to the Harvard Classics”. Scroll back a screen, and you will find the list.
I don’t see why the e-publisher didn’t use this list to build their table of contents page, so that’s why I am giving it 4 instead of 5 stars. But for less than a dollar, it’s still an unbelievable good deal!
Delphi Classics is set to release their own compilation of the Classics and I will buy that even though I've already purchased this Eirann Press version simply because they are the best budget classic literature e-publisher in the business, I probably have 50 of their books at least, and I want to support them. Perhaps their edition will include the original introductions and notes compiler Charles Eliot.
This Eirann Press compilation of the Harvard Classics does not contain the aforementioned extracurricular material but then again neither have any of the HC e-books I've seen. For now it's basically a library of the works on their own...which is fine, everyone should have the opportunity to read the material in these volumes, but the annotations, introductions and such are what gave Harvard Classics collection their novelty as well as their effectiveness, as a whole, in the procuring of a "higher learning" experience.
The chief issue I have with the Eirann Press version is the table of contents. It only lists the volume numbers without offering the pertinent information of title/subject or author. This is a strange oversight in a collection of 51 volumes, not counting the 20 volumes of fiction that are included. For example, instead of saying "Harvard Classics Vol. 10: Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith" it says "Harvard Classics, Vol. 10". I would certainly understand why this would be a dealbreaker for many people but for 99 cents it will do me just fine until the Delphi edition is released.
Other than the contents page everything looks fine, but that reason alone is enough for me to dock it's potential 5 star rating down to 4. Eirann would do well to modify the table in a future update.
I don't know how to give a star rating to a collection like this. Some of the volumes are superb, some are terrible. My favorite thing about this version is that it frees up three shelves of my bookcases!
Be warned some of the books will require deeper than average English, even for native speakers and can turn in a major challenge for people that not have a such control of the language (as myself because English is only my third language).
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In speeches Eliot claimed that anyone could gain a liberal education as such with just reading for fifteen minutes a day and seeing a money-making idea the publishing firm PF Collier and Son challenged him to come up with his selection. Thankfully Eliot did, and working with William Allen Neilson so this was born.
Taking whole texts as well as at times just certain parts from some so you will find a lot to keep you interested here, although I should think that a number of people will have read certain of the texts included here before. A success so people still read this collection of fifty-one volumes and have been encouraged to read more because of it, both with regards to great literature and other subjects. This giving them a broader perspective and understanding, which comes in handy in making you understand the world a lot better and be able to identify problems and solutions.
I know some will find certain pieces here a bit dry, but stick with them, because you do not know what knowledge these will impart to you. This edition has fully active tables of contents, along with footnotes, but I should point out that not all the texts here are in the same font and size, so please be aware of that. In all this does make for an interesting, and if you have not read certain pieces before, an enlightening read. The only thing that can be said against this is that Eliot made a presumption in that if you could read then you were able to comprehend, which may well have been the case in his day, but nowadays, you only have to look at what some people put down on this site, and you realise that they may have read a book, but actually have no idea what it is about.
If you want to expand your mind, and also at the same time start questioning things, then this is an ideal collection for you, and so hopefully this will make you a bit more wary of the ways that we are bombarded with all the time, and make you a bit more discerning and thoughtful when it comes to making a correct decision as you separate fact from fiction.
It would also be very helpful if the footnotes were immediately accessible as in other books of this type, such as Burton's translations of "The Arabian Nights", Unfortunately, I discovered this fault some time after I bought this edition and cannot ask for a refund. I can only hope that corrections will be made by the publishers.