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The Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection (71 vols.)

by 121 authors Neilson, William Allan, Fielding, Henry, Austen, Jane, Sterne, Laurence, Scott, Walter, Thackeray, William Makepeace, Dickens, Charles, Eliot, George, Irving, Washington, Poe, Edgar Allan, Hale, Edward Everett, Harte, Francis Bret, Hawthorne, Nathaniel, Twain, Mark, James, Henry, Jr., Hugo, Victor Marie, De Maupassant, Guy, De Balzac, Honoré, Sand, George, De Musset, Alfred, Daudet, Alphonse, Von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang, Keller, Gottfried, Storm, Theodor, Fontane, Theodor, Tolstoy, Leo, Garnett, Constance, Dostoevsky, Fyodor, Turgenev, Ivan, Kielland, Alexander L., Valera, Juan, Björnson, Björnstjerne, 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, 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

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Overview

When Charles William Eliot assembled The Harvard Classics, more commonly known as “The Five-Foot Shelf,” and later the "Shelf of Fiction", he gathered this epic collection of key works which he thought would best represent “the progress of man… from the earliest historical times to the close of the nineteenth century.”

In his introduction to The Harvard Classics, Eliot likens the collection to a portable university. He does not intend it to resemble a museum display-case of the world’s best books. The volumes are not numbered in any particular order, although Eliot suggested that they be approached as a set of six courses:

  • The History of Civilization
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Education
  • Science
  • Politics
  • Criticism of Literature and the Fine Arts

However, of all the lessons to be learned, the most profound might be “Progress”—progress in each area of Western culture, and perhaps even more, progress in the moral quality of humanity as a whole. Despite our irregular climb from barbarism to civilization, Eliot had complete faith in “the upward tendency of the human race.” His optimism in the progress of humanity informed and influenced the scope of this collection—no aspect of the humanities is left untouched.

Famed author Virginia Woolf wrote, “On or about December, 1910, human character changed,” referring not to a specific event, but to a new cultural climate, one that became known as modernism. The rise of modernism prompted Dr. Eliot to create a separate 20-volume collection of fiction to supplement his first collection of classics. These two collections come together to create The Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection (71 volumes).

This massive collection represents a cross section of the literary forces which effectively shaped our society. Universally regarded as one of the most comprehensive and well-researched anthologies of all time, these books cover every major literary figure, philosopher, religion, folklore and historical subject through the twentieth century. From “The Five-Foot Shelf” come the writings of Plato, John Milton, Plutarch, Augustine, Dante, More, Luther, Pasteur, Pascal, and others. Volume 51 contains 60 lectures, introducing and summarizing the fields of religion, history, poetry, natural science, philosophy, biography, prose fiction, criticism and the essay, education, political science, drama, voyages and travel. The “Shelf of Fiction” contributes the works of authors like Fielding, Dickens, Poe, Hugo, Tolstoy, Austen, and Dostoyevsky. In all, The Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection totals over 33,000 pages of the most notable writings of all time.

God reveals himself through history and literature—through the thoughts of philosophers, the characters of great fiction, and the cadences of poetic verse. These classics are vital tools for study and ministry, because they cultivate the life of the mind and reveal the intricacies of human nature.

Key Features

  • Fifty-one volumes in The Harvard Classics
  • Twenty volumes in the Shelf of Fiction

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

The Harvard Classics

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
 

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: Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction: 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: Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction: 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, 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 Dostoevsky
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Series: Shelf of Fiction
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Pages: 580

Contents Include:

  • Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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: The Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection
  • Editor: Charles Eliot
  • Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son
  • Volumes: 71
  • Pages: 33,632

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.