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Harvard Classics Collection (51 vols.)

by 91 authors Franklin, Benjamin, Eliot, Charles W., Penn, William, Woolman, John, Plato, Epictetus, Aurelius, Marcus, Milton, John, Bacon, Francis, Browne, Thomas, Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Burns, Robert, Thomas à Kempis, Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides, Aristophanes, Cicero, M. Tullius, Pliny the Younger, Smith, Adam, Bullock, C. J., Darwin, Charles, Plutarch, Virgil, De Cervantes, Miguel, Bunyan, John, Walton, Izaak, Lane-Poole, Stanley, Lane, Edward William, Aesop, Grimm, Wilhelm, Grimm, Jakob, Andersen, Hans Christian, Dryden, John, Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, Goldsmith, Oliver, Shelley, Percy Bysshe, Browning, Robert, Lord Byron, Von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang, Marlowe, Christopher, Alighieri, Dante, Manzoni, Alessandro, Homer, Dana, R. H., Jr., Burke, Edmund, Carlyle, Thomas, Mill, John Stuart, Calderon de la Barca, Pedro, Corneille, Pierre, Racine, Jean Baptiste, Moliere, Jean Baptiste Poquelin, Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim, von Schiller, Johann Christoph Friedrich, Defoe, Daniel, Jonson, Ben, Sidney, Philip, Macaulay, Thomas Babington, Cowley, Abraham, Addison, Joseph, Steele, Richard, Swift, Jonathan, Johnson, Samuel, Hume, David, Smith, Sydney, Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, Hazlitt, William, Hunt, Leigh, Lamb, Charles, De Quincy, Thomas, Cellini, Benvenuto, Descartes, René, Voltaire, Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, Hobbes, Thomas, Froissart, Jean, Malory, Thomas, Harrison, William, Luther, Martin, More, Thomas, Machiavelli, Niccolo, Locke, John, Berkeley, George, Webster, John, Shakespeare, William, Massinger, Philip, Dekker, Thomas, Beaumont, Francis, Fletcher, John, Pascal, Blaise, Neilson, William Allan

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Overview

Chosen by former Harvard president Charles William Eliot to recreate a liberal education, the Harvard Classics Collection contains the essential works of the Western classical tradition. This collection includes works by Homer, Dante, Luther, Milton, Shakespeare, Darwin, and more—51 volumes available on your mobile device. The bundle comprises the 51 Harvard Classics volumes from:

Eliot gathered classic works he felt represented “the progress of man . . . from the earliest historical times to the close of the nineteenth century.” This collection is not meant to resemble a museum display of the world’s best books, but rather a portable university. The volumes approximate courses of study in history, philosophy, literature, and science, substituting primary sources for outdated textbooks.

From Augustine’s Confessions to Cervantes’ Don Quixote, these diverse works share a common theme: progress. The shape of this collection was influenced by Eliot’s great optimism in “the upward tendency of the human race,” and it functions as a cross section of the literary forces which effectively shaped our society. Universally regarded as one of the most comprehensive and best-researched anthologies of all time, this collection covers every major literary figure, philosopher, religion, and historical subject from antiquity through the nineteenth century. The Harvard Classics Collection is a must-have library for lovers of the classics.

Key Features

  • 51 volumes covering foundational writings on history, philosophy, literature, and science
  • Works selected to recreate a liberal art education
  • An entire classical library available on your mobile device with the Noet app

Praise for the Print Edition

The Harvard Classics provided the general reader with a great storehouse of standard works in all the main departments of intellectual activity. To this storehouse the Lectures now open the door. Through the Lectures the student is introduced to a vast range of topics, under the guidance of distinguished professors. The Five-Foot Shelf, with its introductions, notes, guides to reading, and exhaustive indexes, may claim to constitute a reading course unparalleled in comprehensiveness and authority.

—William Allan Nelson, editor-in-chief, Webster’s New International Dictionary, 1934

The Lecture Series on the contents of The Harvard Classics ought to do much to open that collection of literary materials to many ambitious young men and women whose education was cut short by the necessity of contributing in early life to the family earnings, or of supporting themselves . . . It will certainly promote the accomplishment of the educational object I had in mind when I made the collection.

Charles W. Eliot, president, Harvard University, 1869

Individual Titles

Vol. 1: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Journal of John Woolman, and the Fruits of Solitude by William Penn

  • Authors: Benjamin Franklin, John Woolman, and William Penn
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 419

Contents Include:

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • The Journal of John Woolman
  • Fruits of Solitude, by William Penn

Vol. 2: Plato, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius

  • Authors: Plato, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 355

Contents Include:

  • The Apology, Phædo and Crito, by Plato
  • The Golden Sayings, by Epictetus
  • The Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius

Vol. 3: Essays by Bacon, Milton, and Browne

  • Authors: Francis Bacon, John Milton, Thomas Browne
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 350

Contents Include:

  • Essays: Civil and Moral, The New Atlantis, by Francis Bacon
  • Areopagitica, Tractate of Education, by John Milton
  • Religio Medici, by Sir Thomas Browne

Vol. 4: The Complete Poems of John Milton

  • Authors: John Milton
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 466

Contents Include:

  • The Complete Poems of John Milton

Vol. 5: Essays and English Traits by R. W. Emerson

  • Authors: Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 496

Contents Include:

  • Essays and English Traits, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Vol. 6: The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns

  • Authors:Robert Burns
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 612

Contents Include:

  • The Poems and Songs of Robert Burns

Vol. 7: Confessions of St. Augustine & The Imitation of Christ

  • Authors: St. Augustine and Thomas á Kempis
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 384

Contents Include:

  • The Confessions of St. Augustine
  • The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis

Vol. 8: Nine Greek Dramas

  • Authors: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 469

Contents Include:

  • Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Furies, Prometheus Bound, by Aeschylus
  • Oedipus the King, Antigone, by Sophocles
  • Hippolytus, The Bacchæ, by Euripides
  • The Frogs, by Aristophanes

Vol. 9: Letters and Treatises of Cicero and Pliny

  • Authors: Cicero and Pliny the Younger
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 441

Contents Include:

  • On Friendship, On Old Age, Letters, by Cicero
  • Letters, by Pliny the Younger

Vol. 10: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

  • Authors: Adam Smith
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 539

Contents Include:

  • An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith

Vol. 11: Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin

  • Authors: Charles Darwin
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 556

Contents Include:

  • The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin

Vol. 12: Plutarch’s Lives

  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 406

Contents Include:

  • Of Themistocles, Pericles, Aristides, Alcibiades, Coriolanus, Demosthenes, Cicero, Caesar, Antony

Vol. 13: Virgil’s Aeneid, Translated by John Dryden

  • Authors: Virgil
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 435

Contents Include:

  • Virgil’s Aeneid

Vol. 14: Don Quixote, part 1 by Miguel Cervantes

  • Authors: Miguel de Cervantes
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 548

Contents Include:

  • The First Part of the Delightful History of the Most Ingenious Knight, Don Quixote of the Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes (Charles W. Eliot chose not to include the second part of Don Quixote in the Harvard Fiction collection)

Vol. 15: Pilgrim’s Progress, Walton’s Biographies of Donne and Herbert

  • Authors: John Bunyan and Izaak Walton
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 427

Contents Include:

  • The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan
  • The Lives of John Donne and George Herbert, by Izaak Walton

Vol. 16: Stories from The Thousand and One Nights

  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 463

Contents Include:

  • Stories from the Thousand and One Nights

Vol. 17: Folklore and Fable

  • Authors: Aesop, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, and Hans Christian Anderson
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 386

Contents Include:

  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Household Tales, by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
  • Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen

Vol. 18: Modern English Drama

  • Authors: John Dryden, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Oliver Goldsmith, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Robert Browning, and Lord Byron
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 444

Contents Include:

  • 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

Vol. 19: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe & Christopher Marlowe

  • Authors: J. W. von Goethe and Christopher Marlowe
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 434

Contents Include:

  • Faust, Part I, Egmont, Hermann and Dorothea, by J. W. von Goethe
  • Dr. Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe

Vol. 20: The Divine Comedy by Dante

  • Authors: Dante Alighieri
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 432

Contents Include:

  • The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri

Vol. 21: I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

  • Authors: Alessandro Manzoni
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 671

Contents Include:

  • I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni

Vol. 22: The Odyssey of Homer

  • Authors: Homer
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 350

Contents Include:

  • The Odyssey of Homer

Vol. 23: Two Years Before the Mast

  • Authors: Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 427

Contents Include:

  • Two Years Before the Mast, by Richard Henry Dana, Jr.

Vol. 24: Edmund Burke

  • Authors: Edmund Burke
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 446

Contents Include:

  • On Taste, On the Sublime and Beautiful, Reflections on the French Revolution, A Letter to a Noble Lord, by Edmund Burke

Vol. 25: John Stuart Mill and Thomas Carlyle

  • Authors: John Stuart Mill and Thomas Carlyle
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 471

Contents Include:

  • Autobiography, Essay on Liberty, by John Stuart Mill
  • Characteristics, Inaugural Address at Edinburgh, Essay on Scott, by Thomas Carlyle

Vol. 26: Continental Drama

  • Authors: Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Pierre Corneille, Jean Racine, Molière, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, and Friedrich von Schiller
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 474

Contents Include:

  • Life Is a Dream, by Pedro Calderón de la Barca
  • Polyeucte, by Pierre Corneille
  • Phèdre, by Jean Racine
  • Tartuffe, by Molière
  • Minna von Barnhelm, by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
  • Wilhelm Tell, by Friedrich von Schiller

Vol. 27: English Essays: Sidney to MacAulay

  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 424

Contents Include:

  • English Essays: Sidney to MacAulay

Vol. 28: Essays English and American

  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 488

Contents Include:

  • Essays: English and American

Vol. 29: Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin

  • Authors: Charles Darwin
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 550

Contents Include:

  • The Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin

Vol. 30: Scientific Papers by Faraday, Helmholtz, Kelvin, Newcomb, etc.

  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 370

Contents Include:

  • Scientific Papers: Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology

Vol. 31: The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

  • Authors: Benvenuto Cellini
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 457

Contents Include:

  • The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

Vol. 32: Literary and Philosophical Essays

  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 422

Contents Include:

  • Montaigne, Sainte-beuve, Renan, etc.

Vol. 33: Voyages and Travels

  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 397

Contents Include:

  • Voyages and Travels: Ancient and Modern

Vol. 34: French and English Philosophers (Descartes, Rousseau, Voltaire, Hobbes)

  • Authors: René Descartes, Voltaire, Jean Jacques Rousseau, and Thomas Hobbes
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 437

Contents Include:

  • 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

Vol. 35: Chronicle and Romance

  • Authors: Jean Froissart, Sir Thomas Malory, and William Harrison
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 407

Contents Include:

  • Chronicles, by Jean Froissart
  • The Holy Grail, by Sir Thomas Malory
  • A Description of Elizabethan England, by William Harrison

Vol. 36: Machiavelli, More, Luther

  • Authors: Niccolò Machiavelli, William Roper, Sir Thomas More, and Martin Luther
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 400

Contents Include:

  • The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli
  • The Life of Sir Thomas More, by William Roper
  • Utopia, by Sir Thomas More
  • The Ninety-Five Theses, Address to the Christian Nobility & Concerning Christian Liberty, by Martin Luther

Vol. 37: The English Philosophers of the 17th and 18th Centuries

  • Authors: John Locke, George Berkeley, David Hume
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 448

Contents Include:

  • 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

Vol. 38: Scientific Papers by Harvey, Jenner, Lister, Pasteur

  • Authors: Ambroise Paré, William Harvey, Edward Jenner, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Joseph Lister, Louis Pasteur, and Charles Lyell
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 443

Contents Include:

  • The Oath of Hippocrates
  • Journeys in Diverse Places, by Ambroise Paré
  • On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, by William 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, by Joseph Lister
  • Scientific Papers, by Louis Pasteur
  • Scientific Papers, by Charles Lyell

Vol. 39: Prefaces and Prologues to Famous Books

  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 465

Contents Include:

  • Prefaces and Prologues to Famous Books

Vol. 40–42: Complete English Poetry: Chaucer to Whitman (3 vols.)

  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 476
 

Vol. 43: American Historical Documents

  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 494

Contents Include:

  • American Historical Documents: 1000-1904

Vol. 44 & 45: Complete Sacred Writings (2 vols.)

  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 1,019

Contents Include:

  • Confucian: The Sayings of Confucius
  • Hebrew: Job, Psalms & Ecclesiastes
  • Christian I: Luke & Acts
  • Christian II: Corinthians I & II & Hymns
  • Buddhist: Writings
  • Hindu: The Bhagavad-Gita
  • Mohammedan: Chapters from the Koran

Vol. 46 & 47: Complete Elizabethan Drama (2 vols.)

  • Authors: Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 898

Contents Include:

  • Edward the Second, by Christopher Marlowe
  • Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth & The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
  • 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

Vol. 48: Blaise Pascal: Thoughts, Letters, and Minor Works

  • Authors: Blaise Pascal
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 454

Contents Include:

  • Thoughts, Letters, Minor Works, by Blaise Pascal

Vol. 49: Epic and Saga

  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 467

Contents Include:

  • Beowulf
  • The Song of Roland
  • The Destruction of Dá Derga’s Hostel
  • The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs

Vol. 50: Introduction, Reader’s Guide and Indexes

  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 478

Vol. 51: Lectures

  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 493
 

Product Details

  • Title: Harvard Classics Collection
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Volumes: 51

About Charles W. Eliot

Charles Eliot (1834–1926) was selected as Harvard’s president in 1869 and served the longest term as president in the university’s history. He graduated from Harvard in 1853 and was appointed Tutor in Mathematics there in the fall of 1854. In 1858 he was promoted to Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Chemistry, but the coveted appointment to the Rumford Professorship of Chemistry eluded him. Eliot left Harvard in 1863 and, instead of going into business or finding another teaching position, traveled in Europe for nearly two years, studying the educational systems of the Old World. He took an interest in every aspect of institutional operation, from curriculum and methods of instruction through physical arrangements and custodial services. But his particular concern was with the relation between education and economic growth. During this time abroad, Eliot was offered and declined a superintendent position at the Merrimack Company, one of the largest textile mills in the United States.

Returning home in 1865, Eliot accepted an appointment as Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the newly-founded Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He published his ideas about reforming American higher education in a compelling two-part article in The Atlantic Monthly, the nation’s leading journal of opinion. Harvard had found itself in a crisis of short-term presidents and languishing curriculum, so it turned to Charles W. Eliot. Under his leadership, Harvard began to expand the range of courses offered, permitting undergraduates with unrestricted choice in selecting their courses of study. This enabled them to discover their "natural bents" and pursue them into specialized studies. The university soon became a center for advanced scientific and technological research. During his forty year presidency, the university extended its facilities with laboratories, libraries, classrooms, and athletic facilities. Eliot was able to attract the support of major donors from among the nation’s growing plutocracy, making it the wealthiest private university in the world.