The Harvard Fiction Collection boasts essential Western creative works in a completely searchable, digital format. Curated by former Harvard president Charles William Eliot, this collection transforms your mobile device into a portable library filled with works from Dickens to Dostoyevsky. The bundle comprises the 20 Harvard Fiction volumes from:
Virginia Woolf famously wrote, “On or about December, 1910, human character changed,” referring not to a specific event, but to the new cultural climate now known as modernism. The rise of modernism prompted Eliot to build a 20-volume collection of fiction to supplement his original collection of classics. This “Shelf of Fiction” includes the works of Jane Austen, George Eliot, Henry James, Edgar Allen Poe, Victor Hugo, Leo Tolstoy, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and more.
Highlighting the rich Western artistic tradition, the Harvard Fiction collection is an essential resource for lovers of literature and the classics.
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.