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The Harvard Classics in a Year aims to provide a whirlwind tour of classic literature. By reading for just 15 minutes a day throughout the year, you can discover text from “twelve main divisions of knowledge” including History, Poetry, Natural Science, Philosophy, Biography, Prose Fiction, Criticism and the Essay, Education, Political Science, Drama, Voyages and Travel and ...more
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Published October 11th 2014 by Amazon Digital Services
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Christy I was glad to hear I'm not the only one that takes longer than 15 minutes a day. I'm finding some of this reading down right difficult. I'm hoping I c…moreI was glad to hear I'm not the only one that takes longer than 15 minutes a day. I'm finding some of this reading down right difficult. I'm hoping I can get through it in two years.!(less)

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Paul
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just finished 365 straight days of reading from The Harvard Classics! I sampled a little of everything from each of the 49 volumes. My reading style must be much different from the early 1900's because the "15 minutes a day" suggested by the curated Reading Guide was often an hour or more for me. ...more
Greg
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
15 minutes a day is enticing but unrealistic. 20 pages of dense text is an hour or two. I read a lot, and was hoping these daily selections would be short palate cleansers.
Richard
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Of course, I haven't read every page of a book like this! But I have read enough to make a recommendation. This is an anthology based on the famous HARVARD CLASSICS. One is meant to read a short extract from the HC each day (including a selection for Feb 29th). These extracts are very well chosen and frequently send one back to the original work. As a browsing experience this is one of the best anthologies I have read and I fully intend to continue my explorations.

All of the items in the HC are
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Marc
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I waited to finish the entire year before posting this review, even though about halfway through the year I realized what a mistake it was to tackle this project. While I love the concept and found some excellent leads, there are too many flaws in the selections and presentation to make this worthwhile.

As a summary: Charles Eliot was the President of Harvard from 1869 to 1909. He developed a famous "five-foot bookshelf" of classics that he believed were the foundation of a classical education, a
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Mark Bonham
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-list
I took this on as a personal project and read the selections daily for an entire year. The selections vary in length and personal interest. In Kindle speak, the passages almost never exceeded 200 location units. Admittedly, I got more out of some passages than others, but it was great to read some of the most important and famous quotes in literature in their original context. It was a great initial exposure to some literary and science giants that I would never have known about, and it has enco ...more
Michael
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
A good read!!

I really enjoyed reading through the Harvard Classics! I found much of the info very interesting! I highly recommend it!
Beth Peninger
Y'all. I tried. I TRIED. But I just couldn't do it. I have been trying to read this book since August 2017. I give up. If the selections in this book mean I can partially consider myself well-read then I am NOT well-read and I'm just going to have to be okay with that. Life is just too short to give any more time to this endeavor.

Listen, I bet this compilation is a worthy one for the serious academics out there but for an average gal like me? I pass.

So long, farewell, well-read status. We shal
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Rob
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Took 20-45 minutes of daily obligatory/programmed reading but very satisfying
ROBERT A MCINNES
Good intro to classics
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