Get Smart: Harvard Classics Library Now Free Online

Get Smart: Harvard Classics Library Now Free Online

40-year Harvard President Charles William Eliot believed that one could create a solid substitute for a liberal education by cultivating a five-foot bookshelf and spending 15 minutes a day reading through the titles. Just before his retirement, two editors put Dr. Eliot to the test.

What Dr. Eliot created was more than just a bookshelf to impress your friends. He created a university that could go anywhere. An education that could be contained in a small space, something achievable in small daily chunks. Readers can gain college-level knowledge in the time it takes to sculpt abs.  

The best part, this education, Dr. Eliot's 5-Foot Shelf, is available free online. Spend your coffee break becoming the smartest person in your office. Or the most annoying. Or both. If you're a student, make sure to check it out before hitting the bookstore. You'll certainly save a couple bucks. If you're curious about "The Beagle Book" from Chuck Palahniuk's Doomed, you can read it here. Other gems include Don Quixote, The Tempest, and the story of the original superhero, Beowulf.

News by Peter Derk

Peter Derk lives, writes, and works in Colorado. Buy him a drink and he'll talk books all day.  Buy him two and he'll be happy to tell you about the horrors of being responsible for a public restroom.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 19, 2014 - 6:16am

Wow.  I had no idea.  Thanks for posting this. 

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman April 16, 2014 - 12:55pm

No problem. Glad to help!