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Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf (The Harvard Classics)

I am beginning what some will call a difficult, yet rewarding goal. In the next year or so, I will be reading and writing on the well known "Dr.Eliot's Five Foot Shelf," known as The Harvard Classics. My goal is to finish 51 volumes in the next year.

I hope is to use this Blog as my Journal, which will enable me to engage with my thoughts, ideas, confusions, logic, and analytical triumph in understanding these classics.

Once I complete 51 volumes of "The Harvard Classics," I intend to dive into the Great Books also known as the "Great Books of the Western World." I know that there are many other important works of the Eastern Canon and other cultural importance's out there, which I intend to read, but I have to begin somewhere.

I will write up a more in-depth summary of Dr.Eliot's "The Harvard Classics," and the Mortimer Adler's "The Great Books of the Western World," as I proceed to read,review,annotate and chew on these classics.

I will proceed to write about each book,page and paragraph as I see fit.

If you'd like more information, or simply looking to chat about these historical classics, please do not hesitate to contact me at LeonBasin@gmail.com

This is a beginning of self-education and self-improvement and I hope you will join me.

You can follow my journey on my Blog - http://www.leonbasin.blogspot.com
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Comments

  • How wonderful. :)
    I went to a library and several of my favourite bookshops, Watkins, Atlantis etc recently.
    I miss books :(

    mostly I read online . . . (some of my best friends are trees . . . don't like them being mashed)

    The move to digital really started for me when I went to the British library and ended up accessing their online computers and in particular their prototype high resolution and multiple frequency scanning software.

    Books are magic.

    When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before. ~Clifton Fadiman
    DaltheJigsawriverflow
  • lobster said:

    How wonderful. :)
    I went to a library and several of my favourite bookshops, Watkins, Atlantis etc recently.
    I miss books :(

    mostly I read online . . . (some of my best friends are trees . . . don't like them being mashed)

    The move to digital really started for me when I went to the British library and ended up accessing their online computers and in particular their prototype high resolution and multiple frequency scanning software.

    Books are magic.

    When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before. ~Clifton Fadiman

    Books are absolutely magical. I'm actually downloading all of these books from the public domain. Specifically - http://www.gutenberg.org/ - I then upload them onto my Kindle.
  • vinlynvinlyn Colorado...for now Veteran
    Although not the Harvard Classics, every once in a while I take a break from current novels and go back and read something from the 1950s or earlier. It's always a nice change in pace to see how writing has evolved. One time is not necessarily better or worse, just different.
    DaltheJigsaw
  • vinlyn said:

    Although not the Harvard Classics, every once in a while I take a break from current novels and go back and read something from the 1950s or earlier. It's always a nice change in pace to see how writing has evolved. One time is not necessarily better or worse, just different.

    That's true! I am interested in getting a better education and I believe this is a good beginning. I'm also reading "1Q84." I highly suggest this book. The only thing is, it is over 1,000 pages. I believe 1300? Great book!
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