The Harvard Classics

Several sets have been compiled over the years of the books that shaped western civilization and of all these The Harvard Classics has one of the best pedigrees. Incredibly out-of-date, of course, hailing from 1909, but I’ve nevertheless elected to read Charles W. Eliot’s Five-Foot Shelf and blog my way through the experience. By reading supplementary material I hope to avoid coming across as too much of an idiot, and by refusing to be intimidated by these venerable texts I hope to keep my posts as engaging as possible.

At the roughest calculation, this project will last me the next 40 years. It’s a 50 book set (well, 49 and an index). The progress so far:

The Harvard Classics: Launch Post!

The Harvard Classics Vol. 1: Franklin, Woolman, Penn – Part 1, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The Harvard Classics Vol. 1: Franklin, Woolman, Penn – Part 2, The Journal of John Woolman

The Harvard Classics Vol. 1: Franklin, Woolman, Penn – Part 3, Fruits of Solitude/More Fruits of Solitude

The Harvard Classics Vol. 2: Plato, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius – Part 1, Apology, Crito & Phaedo

The Harvard Classics Vol. 2: Plato, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius – Part 2, The Golden Sayings of Epictetus

The Harvard Classics Vol. 2: Plato, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius – Part 3, The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

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