Harvard Classics … and you wonder why I homeschool

Posted On October 16, 2009

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Wow.  This is really impressive.  I have read about 4 of the Harvard Classics.  What a sound education I received.  As I check them off, you will see this list slowly turn all pink.

The Harvard Classics

NEW YORK: P.F. COLLIER & SON, 1909–1917

  • Vol. 1: FRANKLIN, WOOLMAN, PENN
    • His Autobiography, by Benjamin Franklin
    • Journal, by John Woolman
    • Fruits of Solitude, by William Penn
  • Vol. 2. PLATO, EPICTETUS, MARCUS AURELIUS
    • The Apology, Phædo and Crito, by Plato
    • The Golden Sayings, by Epictetus
    • The Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
  • Vol. 3. BACON, MILTON’S PROSE, THOS. BROWNE
    • 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. COMPLETE POEMS IN ENGLISH, MILTON
    • Complete Poems Written in English, by John Milton
  • Vol. 5. ESSAYS AND ENGLISH TRAITS, EMERSON
    • Essays and English Traits, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Vol. 6. POEMS AND SONGS, BURNS
    • Poems and Songs, by Robert Burns
  • Vol. 7. CONFESSIONS OF ST. AUGUSTINE, IMITATIONS OF CHRIST
    • The Confessions of St. Augustine
    • The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis
  • Vol. 8. NINE GREEK DRAMAS
    • 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
    • On Friendship, On Old Age & Letters, by Cicero
    • Letters, by Pliny the Younger
  • Vol. 10. WEALTH OF NATIONS, ADAM SMITH
    • Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith
  • Vol. 11. ORIGIN OF SPECIES, DARWIN
    • The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin
  • Vol. 12. PLUTARCH’S LIVES
    • Lives, by Plutarch
  • Vol. 13. AENEID, VIRGIL
    • Æneid, by Virgil
  • Vol. 14. DON QUIXOTE, Part 1, CERVANTES
    • Don Quixote, Part 1, by Cervantes
  • Vol. 15. PILGRIM’S PROGRESS, DONNE & HERBERT, BUNYAN, WALTON
    • The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan
    • The Lives of Donne and Herbert, by Izaak Walton
  • Vol. 16. THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS
    • Stories from the Thousand and One Nights
  • Vol. 17. FOLKLORE AND FABLE, AESOP, GRIMM, ANDERSON
    • Fables, by Æsop
    • Household Tales, by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
    • Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Vol. 18. MODERN ENGLISH DRAMA
    • 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. FAUST, EGMONT, ETC. DOCTOR FAUSTUS, GOETHE, MARLOWE
    • Faust, Part I, Egmont & Hermann and Dorothea, by J.W. von Goethe
    • Dr. Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe
  • Vol. 20. THE DIVINE COMEDY, DANTE
    • The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri
  • Vol. 21. I PROMESSI SPOSI
    • I Promessi Sposi, by Alessandro Manzoni
  • Vol. 22. THE ODYSSEY, HOMER
    • The Odyssey of Homer
  • Vol. 23. TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST, DANA
    • Two Years Before the Mast, by Richard Henry Dana, Jr..
  • Vol. 24. ON THE SUBLIME, FRENCH REVOLUTION, ETC., BURKE
    • On Taste, On the Sublime and Beautiful, Reflections on the French Revolution & A Letter to a Noble Lord, by Edmund Burke
  • Vol. 25. AUTOBIOGRAPHY, ETC., ESSAYS AND ADDRESSES, J.S. MILL, T. CARLYLE
    • Autobiography & On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill
    • Characteristics, Inaugural Address at Edinburgh & Sir Walter Scott, by Thomas Carlyle
  • Vol. 26. CONTINENTAL DRAMA
    • 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
  • Vol. 28. ESSAYS: ENGLISH AND AMERICAN
  • Vol. 29. VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE, DARWIN
    • The Voyage of the Beagle, by Charles Darwin
  • Vol. 30. FARADAY, HELMHOLTZ, KELVIN, NEWCOMB, ETC
    • Scientific Papers: Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology
  • Vol. 31. AUTOBIOGRAPHY, BENVENUTO CELLINI
    • The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
  • Vol. 32. LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL ESSAYS
    • Montaigne, Sainte-beuve, Renan, etc.
  • Vol. 33. VOYAGES AND TRAVELS
    • Voyages and Travels: Ancient and Modern
  • Vol. 34. FRENCH AND ENGLISH PHILOSOPHERS, DESCARTES, VOLTAIRE, ROUSSEAU, HOBBES
    • 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, FROISSART, MALORY, HOLINSHEAD
    • Chronicles, by Jean Froissart
    • The Holy Grail, by Sir Thomas Malory
    • A Description of Elizabethan England, by William Harrison
  • Vol. 36. MACHIAVELLI, MORE, LUTHER
    • 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. LOCKE, BERKELY, HUME
    • 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. HARVEY, JENNER, LISTER, PASTEUR
    • 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. FAMOUS PREFACES
    • Prefaces and Prologues
  • Vol. 40. ENGLISH POETRY 1 CHAUCER TO GRAY
  • Vol. 41. ENGLISH POETRY 2: COLLINS TO FITZGERALD
  • Vol. 42. ENGLISH POETRY 3: TENNYSON TO WHITMAN
  • Vol. 43. AMERICAN HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS
    • American Historical Documents: 1000-1904
  • Vol. 44. SACRED WRITINGS 1
    • Confucian: The Sayings of Confucius
    • Hebrew: Job, Psalms & Ecclesiastes
    • Christian I: Luke & Acts
  • Vol. 45. SACRED WRITINGS 2
    • Christian II: Corinthians I & II & Hymns
    • Buddhist: Writings
    • Hindu: The Bhagavad-Gita
    • Mohammedan: Chapters from the Koran
  • Vol. 46. ELIZABETHAN DRAMA 1
    • Edward the Second, by Christopher Marlowe
    • Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth & The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
  • Vol. 47. ELIZABETHAN DRAMA 2
    • 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. THOUGHTS AND MINOR WORKS, PASCAL
    • Thoughts, Letters & Minor Works, by Blaise Pascal
  • Vol. 49. EPIC AND SAGA
    • Beowulf
    • The Song of Roland
    • The Destruction of Dá Derga’s Hostel
    • The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs

The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction

  • Vols. 1 & 2: The History of Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding
  • Vol. 3: A Sentimental Journey, by Laurence Sterne; Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
  • Vol. 4: Guy Mannering, by Sir Walter Scott
  • Vol. 5 & 6: Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Vols. 7 & 8: David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
  • Vol. 9: The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot
  • Vol. 10: 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, by Henry James
  • Vol. 12: Notre Dame de Paris, by Victor Marie Hugo
  • Vol. 13: 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
  • Vols. 14 & 15: Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship & 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
  • Vols. 16 & 17: Anna Karenina & Ivan the Fool, by Leo Tolstoy
  • Vol. 18: Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Vol. 19: A House of Gentlefolk & Fathers and Children, by Ivan Turgenev
  • Vol. 20: Pepita Jimenez, by Juan Valera; A Happy Boy, by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson; Skipper Worse, by Alexander L. Kielland
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3 Responses to “Harvard Classics … and you wonder why I homeschool”

  1. Meg

    I started to read a book, but it was due back to the library before I finished and I haven’t seen it back on the shelf since…
    but it’s called “The Whole Five Feet…” by Christopher R. Beha. He writes of his experience spending a year reading the Harvard Classics.

    Good luck with your own journey!!

  2. Meg

    And while I’m here…go directly to David Copperfield! Do not Pass Go…Do not collect $200…Go directly to Copperfield. It’s marvelous.

  3. The Lazy Organizer

    So how long do you think it’s going to take you? I’m actually amazed that I’ve read anything on that list. There were a few from all those years of “education” I received in the public school system but most of it has been in the last few years.

    I’m mostly surprised by what isn’t on that list.

    Barefoot says: About a year? Just kidding. Probably my whole life. It is not meant as a 100 best books type list. It simply provides an look at everything. If you read these books then you understand a little about every important event or philosophy etc. So, in order to be “well read” I also need to read the Great Books that you are reading.