Thoughts, Letters & Minor Works

Thoughts, Letters & Minor Works : The Five Foot Shelf of Classics, Vol. XLVIII (in 51 Volumes)

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Translator names not noted above: Mary L. Booth and Orlando W. Wight. Originally published between 1909 and 1917 under the name "Harvard Classics," this stupendous 51-volume set-a collection of the greatest writings from literature, philosophy, history, and mythology-was assembled by American academic CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT (1834-1926), Harvard University's longest-serving president. Also known as "Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf," it represented Eliot's belief that a basic liberal education could be gleaned by reading from an anthology of works that could fit on five feet of bookshelf. Volume XLVIII features three collections of the writings of French polymath BLAISE PASCAL (1623-1662): Thoughts, considered a great classic of religious writings, in which the former child prodigy mounts a sophisticated defense of his Catholic faith; Letters, to his friends and family as well as to the Swedish queen Christina; and Minor Works, including "Prayer, to Ask of God the Proper Use of Sickness," "Discourses on the Condition of the Great," "The Art of Persuasion," and more.
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  • Paperback | 458 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 26mm | 576g
  • English
  • 1616401710
  • 9781616401719

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