- Series: The Five Foot Shelf Of Books
- Publisher: Collier; First Edition edition (January 1, 1937)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0013RC8I6
- Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 17 x 12.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 65.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harvard Classics Complete Set 51 Volumes First Edition (The Five Foot Shelf Of Books) Hardcover – January 1, 1937
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"My purpose in selecting The Harvard Classics was to provide the literary materials from which a careful and persistent reader might gain a fair view of the progress of man observing, recording inventing, and imagining from the earliest historical times to the close of the nineteenth century. Within the limits of fifty volumes, containing 22,000 pages, I was to provide the means of obtaining such a knowledge of ancient and modern literature as seems essential to the twentieth-century idea of a cultivated man."
Although we have now entered twenty-first century, this remarkable series remains a valuable resource for the persistent reader who desires to become familiar with the great classics of the world. Naturally, There were many works that Eliot could not include, but he succeeded in publishing the most essential fictional, non-fictional, dramatic, poetic, philosophical, historical and religious texts to impart a thorough grounding in the classics of the liberal arts, both ancient and modern, conservative and controversial.
Alas, after several years ploughing away I still have to finish four or five volumes, but since I'm near the end, I thought it was time I write a review: as a collection, it is worth the full five stars.Read more ›
As a 21st Century college student, many of the essays and autobiographies contained in the Classics are unfamiliar, having been phased out as liberal education toward the end of the Victorian Era. Reading the set was a great pleasure and highly informative journey that any aspiring scholar ought to aim for. Some of the ideas contained within the multitudes of quality essays are still applicable to American social and political thought today, though some authors' works have survived better than others. While it feels dated at times, the Classics have stood the test of a century very well.
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When a dedicated and patient collector can say they have picked up 23/51 of the books for under $20 at a Goodwill on 1/2 price book day, it makes the asking price for the full 51... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Greg Cowper
I suspect people who buy this set use it as decoration. Everything in it is available online. Plus, the annotation - if there is any - and translation are too old. Read morePublished on May 29, 2014 by J
Books were in great condition and looked great. A very nice purchase. I am hungry to read through it all.Published on January 8, 2014 by Alex Letourneau