At the turn of the century, Harvard President, Dr. Charles Eliot proposed that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that would fit on a five-foot shelf.
He was challenged to compile the collection, which resulted in a 51-volume anthology entitled The Harvard Classics published by P.F Collier and Son (1909).
It’s still possible to purchase the anthologies, but Project Gutenberg assembled links to free digital versions of the texts. In addition, they’ve compiled links to the The Harvard Classics of Shelf Fiction.
Something to fill your reader with perhaps?
As evidenced by the above photo of our living room, Evan believes in the pleasing effects of combining several liberal pursuits at once.