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Harvard Fiction Collection (20 vols.)
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Overview

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.

Key Features

  • 20 volumes of classic fiction
  • Diverse works from British, American, French, German, and Russian authors
  • A library of classics available on your mobile device with the Noet app

Individual Titles

Vol. 1: The History of Tom Jones, vol. 1

  • Author: Henry Fielding
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 525

Contents Include:

  • The History of Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding

Vol. 2: The History of Tom Jones, vol. 2

  • Author: Henry Fielding
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 526

Contents Include:

  • The History of Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding

Vol. 3: Laurence Sterne and Jane Austen

  • Authors: Laurence Sterne and Jane Austen
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 522

Contents Include:

  • A Sentimental Journey, by Laurence Sterne
  • Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Vol. 4: Guy Mannering

  • Author: Sir Walter Scott
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 516

Contents Include:

  • Guy Mannering, by Sir Walter Scott

Vol. 5: Vanity Fair, vol. 1

  • Author: William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 428

Contents Include:

  • Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray

Vol. 6: Vanity Fair, vol. 2

  • Author: William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 427

Contents Include:

  • Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray

Vol. 7: David Copperfield, vol. 1

  • Author: Charles Dickens
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 500

Contents Include:

  • David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens

Vol. 8: David Copperfield, vol. 2

  • Author: Charles Dickens
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 500

Contents Include:

  • David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens

Vol. 9: The Mill on the Floss

  • Author: George Eliot
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 388

Contents Include:

  • The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot

Vol. 10: American Fiction

  • Authors: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Francis Bret Harte, Samuel L. Clemens, and Edward Everett Hale
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 492

Contents Include:

  • The Scarlet Letter, Rappaccini's Daughter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” by Washington Irving
  • Three Short Stories, by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Three Short Stories, by Francis Bret Harte
  • “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog,” by Samuel L. Clemens
  • “The Man Without a Country,” by Edward Everett Hale

Vol. 11: The Portrait of a Lady

  • Author: Henry James
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 649

Contents Include:

  • The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James

Vol. 12: Notre Dame de Paris

  • Author: Victor Hugo
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 550

Contents Include:

  • Notre Dame de Paris, by Victor Hugo

Vol. 13: French Fiction

  • Authors: Honoré de Balzac, George Sand, Alfred de Musset, Alphonse Daudet, and Guy de Maupassant
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 520

Contents Include:

  • Old Goriot, by Honoré de Balzac
  • The Devil's Pool, by George Sand
  • “The Story of a White Blackbird,” by Alfred de Musset
  • Five Short Stories, by Alphonse Daudet
  • Two Short Stories, by Guy de Maupassant

Vol. 14: Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship

  • Author: J. W. von Goethe
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 620

Contents Include:

  • Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, by J. W. von Goethe

Vol. 15: German Fiction

  • Authors: J. W. von Goethe, Gottfried Keller, Theodor Storm, and Theodor Fontane
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 474

Contents Include:

  • The Sorrows of Werther, by J. W. von Goethe
  • “The Banner of the Upright Seven,” by Gottfried Keller
  • The Rider on the White Horse, by Theodor Storm
  • Trials and Tribulations, by Theodor Fontane

Vol. 16: Anna Karenin, vol. 1

  • Author: Leo Tolstoy
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 1,139

Contents Include:

  • Anna Karenin, by Leo Tolstoy
  • “Ivan the Fool,” by Leo Tolstoy

Vol. 17: Anna Karenin, vol. 2

  • Author: Leo Tolstoy
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 1,139

Contents Include:

  • Anna Karenin, by Leo Tolstoy
  • “Ivan the Fool,” by Leo Tolstoy

Vol. 18: Crime and Punishment

  • Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 580

Contents Include:

  • Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Vol. 19: A House of Gentlefolk, Fathers and Children, by Ivan Turgenev

  • Author: Ivan Turgenev
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 429

Contents Include:

  • A House of Gentlefolk, Fathers and Children, by Ivan Turgenev

Vol. 20: Pepita Jimenez, A Happy Boy, and Skipper Worse

  • Authors: Juan Valera, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, and Alexander L. Kielland
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 429

Contents Include:

  • Pepita Jimenez, by Juan Valera
  • A Happy Boy, by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
  • Skipper Worse, by Alexander L. Kielland

Product Details

  • Title: Harvard Fiction Collection
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: The Harvard Classics
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Volumes: 20

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.