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The Harvard Classics

15 MINUTES A DAY: INTRODUCTION AND READING GUIDE

Volume Title
I. His Autobiography, by Benjamin Franklin
Journal, by John Woolman
Fruits of Solitude, by William Penn
II. The Apology, Phædo and Crito of Plato
The Golden Sayings of Epictetus
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
III. Essays, Civil and Moral & The New Atlantis, by Francis Bacon
Areopagitica & Tractate on Education, by John Milton
Religio Medici, by Sir Thomas Browne
IV. Complete Poems Written in English, by John Milton
V. Essays and English Traits, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
VI. Poems and Songs, by Robert Burns
VII. The Confessions of Saint Augustine
The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas à Kempis
VIII. AgamemnonThe Libation-BearersThe Furies & Prometheus Bound of Aeschylus
Oedipus the King & Antigone of Sophocles
Hippolytus & The Bacchæ of Euripides
The Frogs of Aristophanes
IX. On FriendshipOn Old Age & Letters, by Cicero
Letters, by Pliny the Younger
X. Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith
XI. The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin
XII. Lives, by Plutarch
XIII. Æneid, by Vergil
XIV. Don Quixote, Part 1, by Cervantes
XV. The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan
The Lives of Donne and Herbert, by Izaak Walton
XVI. Stories from the Thousand and One Nights
XVII. Fables, by Æsop
Household Tales, by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen
XVIII. 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
XIX. Faust, Part IEgmont & Hermann and Dorothea, by J.W. von Goethe
Dr. Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe
XX. The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri
XXI. I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni
XXII. The Odyssey of Homer
XXIII. Two Years before the Mast, by Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
XXIV. On TasteOn the Sublime and BeautifulReflections on the French Revolution & A Letter to a Noble Lord, by Edmund Burke
XXV. Autobiography & On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill
CharacteristicsInaugural Address at Edinburgh & Sir Walter Scott, by Thomas Carlyle
XXVI. Life Is a Dream, by Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Polyeucte, by Pierre Corneille
Phædra, by Jean Racine
Tartuffe, by Molière
Minna von Barnhelm, by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Wilhelm Tell, by Friedrich von Schiller
XXVII. English Essays: Sidney to Macaulay
XXVIII. Essays: English and American
XXIX. The Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin
XXX. Scientific Papers
XXXI. The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
XXXII. Literary and Philosophical Essays
XXXIII. Voyages and Travels: Ancient and Modern
XXXIV. 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
XXXV. The Chronicles of Jean Froissart
The Holy Grail, by Sir Thomas Malory
A Description of Elizabethan England, by William Harrison
XXXVI. The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli
The Life of Sir Thomas More, by William Roper
Utopia, by Sir Thomas More
The Ninety-Five ThesisAddress to the Christian Nobility & Concerning Christian Liberty, by Martin Luther
XXXVII. 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
XXXVIII. 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
XXXIX. Prefaces and Prologues
XL. English Poetry I: Chaucer to Gray
XLI. English Poetry II: Collins to Fitzgerald
XLII. English Poetry III: Tennyson to Whitman
XLIII. American Historical Documents: 1000–1904
XLIV. Confucian: The Sayings of Confucius
Hebrew: JobPsalms & Ecclesiastes
Christian I: Luke & Acts
XLV. Christian II: Corinthians I & II & Hymns
Buddhist: Writings
Hindu: The Bhagavad-Gita
Mohammedan: Chapters from the Koran
XLVI. Edward the Second, by Christopher Marlowe
HamletKing LearMacbeth & The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
XLVII. 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
XLVIII. ThoughtsLetters & Minor Works, by Blaise Pascal
XLIX. Epic & Saga: BeowulfThe Song of RolandThe Destruction of Dá Derga’s Hostel & The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs
LI. Lectures on the Harvard Classics


The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction

Volume Author / Work
1 HENRY FIELDING 1
The History of Tom Jones, part 1, by Henry Fielding
2 HENRY FIELDING 2
The History of Tom Jones, part 2, by Henry Fielding
3 LAURENCE STERN, JANE AUSTEN
A Sentimental Journey, by Laurence Sterne
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
4 SIR WALTER SCOTT
Guy Mannering, by Sir Walter Scott
5 WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 1
Vanity Fair, part 1, by William Makepeace Thackeray
6 WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY 2
Vanity Fair, part 2, by William Makepeace Thackeray
7 CHARLES DICKENS 1
David Copperfield, part 1, by Charles Dickens
8 CHARLES DICKENS 2
David Copperfield, part 2, by Charles Dickens
9 GEORGE ELIOT
The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot
10 HAWTHORNE, IRVING, POE, BRET HARTE, MARK TWAIN, HALE
The Scarlet Letter and Rappaccini’s Daughter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving
EleonoraThe Fall of the House of Usher, and The Purloined Letter, by Edgar Allan Poe
The Luck of Roaring CampThe Outcasts of Poker Flat, and The Idyl of Red Gulch, by Francis Bret Harte
Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog, by Samuel L. Clemens
The Man Without a Country, by Edward Everett Hale
11 HENRY JAMES, JR.
The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James
12 VICTOR HUGO
Notre Dame de Paris, by Victor Marie Hugo
13 BALZAC, SAND, DE MUSSET, DAUDET, DE MAUPASSANT
Old Goriot, by Honoré Balzac
The Devil’s Pool, by George Sand
The Story of a White Blackbird, by Alfred de Musset
The Siege of BerlinThe Last Class—The Story of a Little AlsatianThe Child SpyThe Game of Billiards, and The Bad Zouave, by Alphonse
14 JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE
Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship, by Johann Wolfgang Goethe
15 GOETHE, KELLER, STORM, FONTANE
The Sorrows of Young Werther, by Johann Wolfgang 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
16 LEO NIKOLAEVITCH TOLSTOY 1
Anna Karenina, part 1, by Leo Tolstoy
17 LEO NIKOLAEVITCH TOLSTOY 2
Anna Karenina, part 2, and Ivan the Fool, by Leo Tolstoy
18 FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
19 IVAN TURGENEV
A House of Gentlefolk and Fathers and Children, by Ivan Turgenev
20 VALERA, BJØRNSON, KIELLAND
Pepita Jimenez, by Juan Valera
A Happy Boy, by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
Skipper Worse, by Alexander L. Kielland


Encyclopedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World

10 YEAR READING GUIDE

Volume Author / Work / Topic
1 The Syntopicon: An Index to the Great Ideas
2 The Syntopicon (cont.)
3 Homer, The Iliad, The Odyssey
4 Aeschylus, Plays
Sophocles, Plays
Euripides, Plays
Aristophanes, Plays
5 Herodotus, The History of the Persian Wars
Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War
6 Plato, Dialogues, The Seventh Letter
7 Aristotle, Works
8 Aristotle, Works (cont.)
9 Hippocrates, Works
Galen, On the Natural Faculties
10 Euclid, Elements
 Archimedes, Works
 Nicomachus, Introduction to Arithmetic
11 Lucretius, The Way Things Are
Epictetus, Discourses
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Plotinus, The Six Enneads
12 Virgil, Eclogues, Georgics, The Aeneid
13 Plutarch, The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
14 Tacitus, The Annals, The Histories
15 Ptolemy, The Almagest
Nicolaus Copernicus, On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
Johannes Kepler, Epitome of Copernican Astronomy (Books IV-V), The Harmonies of
the World (Book V)
16 Saint Augustine, The Confessions, The City of God, On Christian Doctrine
17 Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica
18 Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica
19 Dante, The Divine Comedy
Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde, The Canterbury Tales
20 John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion
21 Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
22 François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel
23 Desiderius Erasmus, Praise of Folly
Michel de Montaigne, Essays
24 William Shakespeare, Plays
25 William Shakespeare, Plays, Sonnets
26 William Gilbert, On the Loadstone and Magnetic Bodies
Galileo, Dialogues Concerning the Two New Sciences
William Harvey, On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, On the Circulation
of the Blood, On the Generation of Animals
27 Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
28 Francis Bacon, Advancement of Learning, Novum Organum, New Atlantis
René Descartes, Rules for the Direction of the Mind, Discourse on the Method, Meditations on First Philosophy, Objections Against the Meditations and Replies, The
Geometry
Benedict de Spinoza, Ethics
29 John Milton, English Minor Poems, Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes, Areopagitica
30 Blaise Pascal, The Provincial Letters, Pensées, Scientific Treatises
31 Molière, The School for Wives, The Critique of the School for Wives, Tartuffe, Don Juan,
The Miser, The Would-Be Gentleman, The Would-Be Invalid
Jean Racine, Berenice, Phaedra
32 Isaac Newton, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, Optics
Christiaan Huygens, Treatise on Light
33 John Locke, A Letter Concerning Toleration, Second Essay on Civil Government, An
Essay Concerning Human Understanding
George Berkeley, The Principles of Human Knowledge
David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
34 Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
Voltaire, Candide
Denis Diderot, Rameau’s Nephew
35 Montesquieu, The Spirit of Laws
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, A Discourse on
Political Economy, The Social Contract
36 Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
37 Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
38 Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
39 Immanuel Kant, The Critique of Pure Reason, Fundamental Principles of the
Metaphysics of Morals, The Critique of Practical Reason, Preface and Introduction to
the Metaphysical Elements of Ethics, General Introduction to the Metaphysic of
Morals, The Science of Right, The Critique of Judgment
40 American State Papers (Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation,
Constitution of the United States of America)
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, The Federalist Papers
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, Representative Government, Utilitarianism
41 James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson
42 Antoine Lavoisier, Elements of Chemistry
Michael Faraday, Experimental Researches in Electricity
43 Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, The Philosophy of Right, The Philosophy of History
Soren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
44 Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
45 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
Honoré de Balzac, Cousin Bette
46 Jane Austen, Emma
George Eliot, Middlemarch
47 Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit
48 Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn
49 Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species, The Descent of Man
50 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party
Karl Marx, Capital (Vol. 1)
51 Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
52 Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House, The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder
53 William James, The Principles of Psychology
54 Sigmund Freud, Major Works (including Selected Papers on Hysteria, The Interpretation of Dreams, A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis, Civilization and Its Discontents, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis)
55 20th Century Philosophy and Religion:
      William James, Pragmatism
      Henri Bergson, An Introduction to Metaphysics
      John Dewey, Experience and Education
      Alfred North Whitehead, Science and the Modern World
      Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy
      Martin Heidegger, What Is Metaphysics?
      Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations
      Karl Barth, The Word of God and the Word of Man
56 20th Century Natural Science:
      Henri Poincaré, Science and Hypothesis
      Max Planck, Scientific Autobiography and Other Papers
      Alfred North Whitehead, An Introduction to Mathematics
      Albert Einstein, Relativity: The Special and the General Theory
      Arthur Eddington, The Expanding Universe
      Niels Bohr, Atomic Theory and the Description of Nature (selections), Discussion
with Einstein on Epistemological Problems in Atomic Physics
      G.H. Hardy, A Mathematician’s Apology
      Werner Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy
      Erwin Schrödinger, What is Life?
      Theodosius Dobzhansky, Genetics and the Origin of Species
      C.H. Waddington, The Nature of Life
57 20th Century Social Science (I):
      Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class
      R.H. Tawney, The Acquisitive Society
      John Maynard Keynes, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
58 20th Century Social Science (II):
      James George Frazer, The Golden Bough (selections)
      Max Weber, Essays in Sociology (selections)
      Johan Huizinga, The Waning of the Middle Ages
      Claude Lévi-Strauss, Structural Anthropology (selections)
59 20th Century Imaginative Literature (I):
      Henry James, The Beast in the Jungle
      George Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan
      Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
      Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya
      Luigi Pirandello, Six Characters in Search of an Author
      Marcel Proust, Swann in Love (from Remembrance of Things Past)
      Willa Cather, A Lost Lady
      Thomas Mann, Death in Venice
      James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
60 20th Century Imaginative Literature (II):
      Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
      Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis
      D.H. Lawrence, The Prussian Officer
      T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
      Eugene O’Neill, Mourning Becomes Electra
      F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
      William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily
      Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children
      Ernest Hemingway, The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber
      George Orwell, Animal Farm
      Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot