Like a Conquering Army THESE BOOKS have marched triumphant through the centuries (May, 1930)
Like a Conquering Army THESE BOOKS have marched triumphant through the centuries
DR. ELIOT’S FIVE-FOOT SHELF OF BOOKS. (The Harvard Classics)
THE LIBRARIES of the old world and the new are crammed with volumes, shelf on shelf, which a thousand men in a thousand lifetimes could never find time to read. And millions more volumes have passed forever into oblivion, not even to find shelter in the archives of public libraries.
Yet these books have come thundering down through the centuries, influencing, teaching and delighting mankind with their indomitable power. They are as new and invigorating as when their immortal authors instilled in them the breath of eternal life.
Emerson once said: “Would that some charitable soul, after losing a great deal of time among the false books, and alighting upon the few true ones which made him happy and wise, would name those which have been bridges or ships to carry him over the dark morasses and barren oceans, into sacred cities, into palaces and temples.”
It was one of the monumental achievements of America’s greatest educator, Dr. Charles W. Eliot, to bring together the truly great books, to sift the pure gold from the mass of writing the ages have produced. For forty years president of Harvard University, Dr. Eliot realized the need of a library offering everyone the culture which a university strives to give.
The Five-Foot Shelf (Harvard Classics) is the magnificent result of his inspiration and knowledge. These books are the criterion of all literary selection. Through, them people have found that the classics are not dull, but intensely stirring: not beautiful antiques, but lively, stimulating modern thought with vital application to everyday life.
In this wonderful library are the writings of 302 immortal authors.
The busy man and woman of today need not stumble through hopeless masses of reading matter, for in The Harvard Classics are the books that live forever, the books that have as proud possessors more than a quarter of a million intelligent ambitious families.
These books stand for stimulation of thought and. above all. endless enjoyment. They are the books which have won for themselves the well-deserved tribute. “A liberal education in fifteen minutes a day.”
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CHARLES W. ELIOT, forty years President of Harvard University, Editor of the famous Harvard Classics.
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