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A vast free collection of important books

A vast free collection of important books
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What's the point of getting a college education, specifically one with a liberal arts focus? The result of doing that may be your ticket to a career, but the point of it is bigger than that.

A liberal arts education is meant to expose students to every aspect of the world they'll soon be part of, from art, literature, science, math and more. The way Harvard Magazine puts it, it's "designed to assure that undergraduates acquire some breadth of intellectual exposure, as well as some grounding in ethical reasoning and the broader responsibilities of citizenship they will assume ..."

That was the thinking more than 100 years ago when Harvard University's president, Dr. Charles Eliot, compiled some of the world's most important literary works into the 51-volume anthology, "The Harvard Classics." This is more than a collection of great writing.

These books, now available as eBooks, include scientific works like Darwin's "The Origin of Species," and scientific papers, such as Michael Faraday's "The Forces of Matter." There is history, like "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin."

Of course, there is classic literature. In "The Harvard Classics," those include Virgil's "Aeneid," Dante's "The Divine Comedy," "The Complete Poems of John Milton," and many others.

There are collections of essays, poems and plays. There is even a collection of lectures given at Harvard about these works.

Next page: How you can read "The Harvard Classics"
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