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The Harvard Classics, originally known as Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf, is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot and first published in 1909.

 

Grimm's Fairy Tales

di Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm & Wilhem Karl Grimm

Children's and Household Tales (German: Kinder- und Hausmärchen) is a collection of German origin fairy tales first published in 1812 by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, the Brothers Grimm. The collection is commonly...

Macbeth

di William Shakespeare

Macbeth is among the best-known of William Shakespeare's plays, and is his shortest tragedy, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606. It is frequently performed at both amateur and professional levels,...

On the Origin of Species, 6th Edition

di Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, in which he writes of his theories of evolution by natural selection, is one of the most important works of scientific study ever published.

The Divine Comedy

di Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri's poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious...

Meditations

di Marcus Aurelius

The writings of Marcus Aurelius on Stoic philosophy.

The Prince

di Niccolò Machiavelli

Il Principe (The Prince) is a political treatise by the Florentine public servant and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. Originally called De Principatibus (About Principalities), it was written in 1513,...

The Arabian Nights

di Andrew Lang

One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of stories collected over many centuries by various authors, translators and scholars in various countries across the Middle East and South Asia. These collections...

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

di Adam Smith

Adam Smith's masterpiece, first published in 1776, is the foundation of modern economic thought and remains the single most important account of the rise of, and the principles behind, modern capitalism. Written...

Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

di Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen began publishing his Fairy Tales in 1835. This collection of 127 of the stories was translated by Mrs. Paull in 1872.

Paradise Lost

di John Milton

Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. It was originally published in 1667 in ten books; a second edition followed in 1674, redivided into twelve books (in...

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The Iliad & The Odyssey

di Homer

While Homer's existence as a historical person is still a topic of debate, the writings attributed to the name have made their mark not only on Greek history and literature, but upon western civilization itself....

Utopia

di Thomas More

De Optimo Republicae Statu deque Nova Insula Utopia (translated On the Best State of a Republic and on the New Island of Utopia) or more simply Utopia is a 1516 book by Sir (Saint) Thomas More. The book, written...

Don Quixote

di Miguel Cervantes

Don Quixote, errant knight and sane madman, with the company of his faithful squire and wise fool, Sancho Panza, together roam the world and haunt readers' imaginations as they have for nearly four hundred years....

Discourse on the Method

di René Descartes

The Discourse on the Method is a philosophical and mathematical treatise published by René Descartes in 1637. Its full name is Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason, and Searching for Truth...

Fathers and Sons

di Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev

When a young graduate returns home he is accompanied, much to his father and uncle's discomfort, by a strange friend "who doesn't acknowledge any authorities, who doesn't accept a single principle on faith."...

Apology

di Plato

(The) Apology (of Socrates) is Plato's version of the speech given by Socrates as he defends himself against the charges of being a man "who corrupted the young, did not believe in the gods, and created new...

On Liberty

di John Stuart Mill

On Liberty is a philosophical work by 19th century English philosopher John Stuart Mill, first published in 1859. To the Victorian readers of the time it was a radical work, advocating moral and economic freedom...

The Aeneid of Virgil (I-VI)

di Virgil

The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem written by Virgil in the 1st century BC (between 29 and 19 BC) that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who traveled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans....

The Golden Sayings of Epictetus

di Epictetus

Selections from the writings of the Greek Stoic philosopher Epictetus, compiled and translated by Hastings Crossley.

Essays (First Series)

di Ralph Waldo Emerson

A collections of essays: History, Self-reliance, Compensation, Spiritual laws, Love, Friendship, Prudence, Heroism, The over-soul, Circles, Intellect & Art.

Bhagavad Gita

di Edwin Arnold

The Bhagavad Gita, one of the most sacred and venerated Hindu texts, is a series of conversations between the Lord Krishna -- the divine one -- and the warrior prince Arjuna in the prelude to the Kurukshetra...


The School for Scandal: A Comedy

di Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The School for Scandal debuted at Drury Lane Theater in London in 1777. The play is still popular and regularly performed today. It is a comedy of manners about "the deceptive nature of appearances, the fickleness...


She Stoops to Conquer

di Oliver Goldsmith

She Stoops to Conquer was first performed in 1773, and remains popular today. Written by Irish playwright Oliver Goldsmith, it is a comedy of errors spanning the events of one night.


Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea

di Richard Henry Dana

After a bout with the measles that left his vision impaired, Harvard undergrad Richard Henry Dana signed up for a two-year engagement as a sailor, thinking that the fresh sea air might improve his vision. The...


Autobiography of John Stuart Mill

di John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873) was a great liberal thinker of the nineteenth century, a noted philosopher, political theorist, and Member of Parliament. Mill was given a disciplined upbringing, his father deliberately...


Aesop's Fables

di Aesop

Aesop was an Ancient Greek story-teller and slave, famed and cherished for his short fables that often involve personified animals. In the renowned collection of works that is Aesop's Fables, he weaves moral...


Life Is a Dream

di Pedro Calderon de la Barca & Denis Florence Mac-Carthy

Life is a Dream is a play about free will and fate. A king imprisons his son who, it is prophesied, will destroy the kingdom. The people believe the son to be dead, but when he is a grown man the king brings...


Polyeucte

di Pierre Corneille

This seventeenth-century drama in five acts was inspired by the tale of Saint Polyeuctus (rendered as 'Polyeucte' in French), a Roman convert to the faith who was martyred in 259 A.D. However, although an imaginatively...


The Voyage of the Beagle

di Charles Darwin

Voyage of the Beagle chronicles Charles Darwin's five years as a naturalist on board the H.M.S. Beagle. The notes and observations that he recorded in his diary included Chile, Argentina and Galapagos Islands...


The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, Volume I: (A Modern Library E-Book)

di Plutarch

Plutarch's 'Parallel Lives,' written at the beginning of the second century A.D., form a brilliant social history of the ancient world. They were originally presented in a series of books that gave an account...


Lectures on the Forces of Matter: And Their Relations to Each Other

di Michael Faraday

Self-taught chemist and scientist Michael Faraday was one of the most prolific and prescient researchers to emerge from England in the nineteenth century. In this captivating collection of talks and lectures,...


The Discovery of Guiana

di Sir Walter Raleigh

At the turn of the 17th century, English writer and explorer Sir Walter Scott read an account of a great golden city in South America. He set out to explore the area, now Venezuela, and on his return he published...


Hippolytus & The Bacchae

di Euripides & Gilbert Murray

The Ancient Greek Euripides wrote the play Hippolytus, a tragedy based on the myth of the son of Theseus, Hippolytus. The gods play a central part in Hippolytus, and Aphrodite and Artemis appear at the start...


The Complete Plays of Sophocles

di Sophocles

Oedipus the King • Antigone • Electra • Ajax

Trachinian Women • Philoctetes • Oedipus at Colonus

The greatest of the Greek tragedians, Sophocles wrote over 120 plays, surpassing his older contemporary...


The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides

di Aeschylus

In the Oresteia-the only trilogy in Greek drama which survives from antiquity-Aeschylus took as his subject the bloody chain of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos. Moving from darkness to light,...


The Imitation of Christ

di Thomas Kempis, Harold C. Gardiner & Carl Anderson

Only the Bible has been more influential as a source of Christian devotional reading than The Imitation of Christ. This meditation on the spiritual life has inspired readers from Thomas More and St. Ignatius...


The Confessions of St. Augustine

di Saint Augustine

The Confessions of St. Augustine is the collection of St. Augustine's thirteen autobiographical books, each singly known as Confessions. In these books he details his sinful youth, his conversion to Christianity,...


Selected Poems

di Robert Burns & Carol McGuirk

This selection gives equal weight to the two aspects of Robert Burns's reputation, as a lyricist and as a much-loved Scottish poet. Placing works in probable order of composition, it includes lyrics to his most...


Letters on England

di Voltaire

Letters on England gathers together Voltaire's essays about his time in England between 1726 and 1728. Comparable to Alexis De Tocqueville's Democracy in America, Voltaire looks at English culture as an outsider,...


Discourse on Inequality: On the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men

di Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The searing indictment of man-made inequality in all its many forms that Rousseau offers in Discourse on Inequality is a must-read for philosophy buffs and supporters of social justice. This artfully composed...


Areopagitica

di John Milton

Areopagitica: A speech for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing to the Parliament of England is John Milton's famous tract against censorship. Published in 1644, Areopagitica is named after a speech by Isocrates,...


The New Atlantis

di Sir Francis Bacon

The New Atlantis is Sir Francis Bacon's creation of an ideal land where its citizens uphold the common qualities of "generosity and enlightenment, dignity and splendor, piety and public spirit." This short 1627...


Leviathan: The Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiastical and Civill

di Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, from 1651, is one of the first and most influential arguments towards social contract. Written in the midst of the English Civil War, it concerns the structure of government and society...


The Duchess of Malfi

di John Webster

Shakespeare may get the lion's share of attention when it comes to early modern playwrights, but critics regard the era as something of a golden age of drama. John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, based on a...


Beowulf

di Francis B. Gummere

Beowulf is the earliest surviving poem in Old English. Although the authorship is anonymous it is believed to have been written before the 10th century AD. The only extant European manuscript of the Beowulf...


The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

di Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, which Franklin himself called his Memoirs, is the unfinished record of his life written between 1771 and 1790. It has become one of the most well-known and influential...


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