Books from the Harvard Classics ® Collection

Copyright © 2008 Richard Seltzer
 

This CD was compiled by Richard Seltzer, based on the table of contents of the Harvard Classics ® set of books AKA Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf (a 51-volume collection of great works) first published in 1909 plus the Harvard Classics ® Shelf of Fiction (a separate 20-volume collection) first published in 1917.  Both those collections were edited by Harvard University President Charles W. Eliot (1834-1926).

This CD contains electronic versions of the great majority, but not all of the works selected by Dr. Eliot.  Books originally written in languages other than English appear here in English translation, but often not the same translations as the original.  Omissions are noted in this linked table of contents, in brackets and with the words "unavailable". Most of the omissions occur in the three volumes of English Poetry; and in those same volumes, in some instances, where the original included one or just a few poems by a given poet, we include an entire book or the poet's complete works. We will add other items as they become available.

The Table of Contents below shows the organization by volume of the original Harvard Classics ® collection.  The main sections of the Table of Contents are: Dr. Eliot's Five-Foot Shelf  and The Shelf of Fiction.  The folders/directories are organized by author. All these books are in plain text format.

The books themselves are in the public domain and in plain text format. You can copy them onto your hard drive for convenience, or make an archival copy of the CD, as backup in case of damage to the original. But the collection and its indexes, created for your convenience, are under copyright. Please contact us first if you are interested in making copies of this CD for commercial purposes. seltzer@samizdat.com

On the CD itself, you can open these books by clicking on the titles in this index page with your Web browser or a recent Windows-based word processor. Here on the Web only internal links work.

Intended for use with Windows and LinuxPCs and recent Macs (OS X), this CD  is available for $29 at our online store. http://samizdat.stores.yahoo.net/harvard.html

For details about this publishing service, check the readme document. You can contact us at seltzer@samizdat.com, B&R Samizdat Express, 33 Gould St., West Roxbury, MA 02132-002. 617-469-2269.

User'sGuide: Suggestions on how to get the most out of your books on CD ROM

If you would like to have your PC (with speakers) read these texts aloud to you, while they are displayed in text on the screen, see below about the free ReadPlease software that we have included on this CD.

We publish plain text books (unencrypted) on CD, and we want to provide a simple way for customers and other interested people to share their insights into how to get the most out of this new way of reading and studying. To do so we have set up an email discussion group at Yahoo. All are welcome to join and to post here, but I'll manage this group in "moderated" style, filtering messages before they go out to the whole group, to control the volume of the messages and to make sure that they are on-topic. Tips and information that would be helpful to people you have plain text books on CD are welcome -- including examples of how you are using yours, suggestions for improvement,  suggestions for future CDs, and useful/interesting texts found on the Web that should be included in future CDs. To subscribe, go to the discussion group Web site at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/plaintextbooksoncd  or send a blank email to plaintextbooksoncd-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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Table of Contents

Intended for use with Windows and LinuxPCs and recent Macs (OS X), this CD  is available for $29 at our online store. http://samizdat.stores.yahoo.net/harvard.html


Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf

Volume 1: FRANKLIN, WOOLMAN, PENN Volume 2. PLATO, EPICTETUS, MARCUS AURELIUS Volume 3. BACON, MILTON'S PROSE, THOS. BROWN Volume. 4. COMPLETE POEMS IN ENGLISH, MILTON Volume 5. ESSAYS AND ENGLISH TRAITS, EMERSON Volume 6. POEMS AND SONGS, BURNS Volume 7. CONFESSIONS OF ST. AUGUSTINE, IMITATIONS OF CHRIST Volume 8. NINE GREEK DRAMAS Volume 9. LETTERS AND TREATISES OF CICERO AND PLINY Volume 10. WEALTH OF NATIONS, ADAM SMITH Volume 11. ORIGIN OF SPECIES, DARWIN Volume 12. PLUTARCH'S LIVES Volume 13. AENEID, VIRGIL Volume 14. DON QUIXOTE, Part 1, CERVANTES Volume 15. PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, DONNE & HERBERT, BUNYAN, WALTON Volume 16. THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS Volume 17. FOLKLORE AND FABLE, AESOP, GRIMM, ANDERSON Volume 18. MODERN ENGLISH DRAMA Volume 19. FAUST, EGMONT, ETC. DOCTOR FAUSTUS, GOETHE, MARLOWE Volume 20. THE DIVINE COMEDY, DANTE Volume 21. I PROMESSI SPOSI Volume 22. THE ODYSSEY, HOMER Volume 23. TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST, DANA Vol. 24. ON THE SUBLIME, FRENCH REVOLUTION, ETC., BURKE Voume. 25. AUTOBIOGRAPHY, ETC., ESSAYS AND ADDRESSES, J.S. MILL, T. CARLYLE Volume 26. CONTINENTAL DRAMA Volume 27. ENGLISH ESSAYS: SIDNEY TO MACAULAY Volume 28. ESSAYS: ENGLISH AND AMERICAN [all in a single file] Volume 29. VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE, DARWIN Vol. 30. FARADAY, HELMHOLTZ, KELVIN, NEWCOMB, ETC Volume 31. AUTOBIOGRAPHY, BENVENUTO CELLINI Volume 32. LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL ESSAYS Vol. 33. VOYAGES AND TRAVELS  Volume 34. FRENCH AND ENGLISH PHILOSOPHERS, DESCARTES, VOLTAIRE, ROUSSEAU, HOBBES Volume 35. CHRONICLE AND ROMANCE, FROISSART, MALORY, HOLINSHEAD Volume 36. MACHIAVELLI, MORE, LUTHER Volume 37. LOCKE, BERKELY, HUME Volume 38. HARVEY, JENNER, LISTER, PASTEUR [all in a single file] Volume 39. FAMOUS PREFACES [all in a single file] Volume 40. ENGLISH POETRY 1 CHAUCER TO GRAY [Matthew Prior: To a Child of Quality, Cloe, The Dying Adrian to His Soul, Epigram -- unavailable]
[Isaac Watts:  True Greatness -- unavailable] Volume 41. ENGLISH POETRY 2: COLLINS TO FITZGERALD


Volume 42. ENGLISH POETRY 3: TENNYSON TO WHITMAN

Volume 43. AMERICAN HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS 1000-1904 Volume 44. SACRED WRITINGS 1 Vol. 45. SACRED WRITINGS 2 Volume 46. ELIZABETHAN DRAMA 1 Voume 47. ELIZABETHAN DRAMA 2 Volume 48. THOUGHTS AND MINOR WORKS, PASCAL Volume. 49. EPIC AND SAGA [Volume 50 INTRODUCTION, READER'S GUIDE, INDEXES, LECTURES -- unavailable]
[Volume 51 LECTURES ON THE HARVARD CLASSICS]

The Harvard Classics ® Shelf of Fiction

Volumes 1 & 2: Volume 3: Volume 4: Volumes 5 & 6: Volumes 7 & 8: Volume 9: Volume 10: Volume 11: Volume 12: Volume 13: Volumes 14 & 15: Volumes. 16 & 17: Volume 18: Volume 19: Volume 20:

Intended for use with Windows and LinuxPCs and recent Macs (OS X), this CD  is available for $29 at our online store. http://samizdat.stores.yahoo.net/harvard.html

How to install and use the free ReadPlease software included on this CD

Click here if you would like to install this software. When you click on that link, you will be asked wheter you want to save it on your computer or just run it. Choose Save -- it will only take about 10 Mbytes; so choose Save. Then select which version you want to install and the directory that you'd like to put it in. When the rapid, automatic installation is done, you will be able to open ReadPlease by clicking on an icon on your desktop.

When running ReadPlease, click on File, then Open, and browse to the texts you are interested on the CD (or any other text file you have). Click on Play and it will start "reading" the book aloud to you. Highlight a chunk of text (of any size) with your browser and then click on Selection, and it will read the text you selected. Controls in the right column allow you to change the speed of the voice (with a sliding bar), change the font size (with a sliding bar), and switch among four different voices (with the right and left arrows).

When you run ReadPlease, you see the text, with yellow highlighting moving from one word to the next, while you hear that same text. And you can at any time edit the text in the video window. Just position your cursor, click you mouse, and type whatever you like -- for instance, annotation or marks to show where you last stopped reading. Then save the edited file on your hard drive.

Please keep in mind that ReadPlease is their software not ours. They are the experts on it. They have even better versions with even clearer, more natural voices, which they sell. You can listen to samples at their Web site www.readplease.com, where you can also see detailed help files.  And you can contact them at: ReadPlease Corporation, 121 Cherry Ridge Road, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada P7G 1A7. Phone: 807-474-7702


Tips for using/enjoying the texts on this CD:

The easiest way to get started is to click on My Computer, then on your CD drive, then on index.html. (That should bring you to here, in Word or your Web browser, or WordPad or Notepad, depending on your computer's setup.)

From the index, click on an individual work to see the full text in your browser or in Word. Click "Back" in your browser to return here.  Use the "find" function in your browser (under Edit/Find in both Netscape and IE) to find any word or phrase within a document.

When you stop reading, jot down the last phrase (a unique set of words) so you can search for that the next time you want to read and easily find the spot where you left off.

If you just want to read and if you have a large screen, use your browser and under View increase the type size to meet your taste.

If you just want to read and you have a small screen, try using WordPad or Word.

If you want to take notes while you read, first save the file on your hard drive, then open it in WordPad or Word, enter your notes with the text (making them distinctive with bold or italic or by enclosing them in brackets] as you go along, and save the entire file, with those changes, when you are done.

If you use Word, you can Select All [under Edit], and modify the font and type size (to make the letters larger and easier to read) [under Format and Font], and save the files on your hard drive [under File, Save As] with whatever changes you have made (including notes you made while reading).


Note regarding copyright:  On our "Classic Collections" CDs, we include works published in the US before 1923, works from Australia and Canada when the author died 50 years or more ago, and works from the European Union (including the United Kingdom and Ireland) when the author died 70 years or more ago. NB -- Due to The European Union's extension of copyright by 20 years to 70 years after the death of the author many works which had been in the public domain under the previous law are now once again under copyright. Hence we are unable to include on our CDs some popular writers whose works are still readily available over the Internet.


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