Continental Drama: The Five Foot Shelf of Classics, Vol. XXVI (in 51 volumes) by Pedro Calderón de la BarcaPierre CorneilleCharles W. Eliot (Editor) Continental Drama: The Five Foot Shelf of Classics, Vol. XXVI (in 51 volumes)
by Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Pierre Corneille
Charles W. Eliot (Editor)

Price: $34.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver
Shipping on orders over $25. Details

Add To Shopping Cart

Availability: No info
Ships from and sold by

Editorial Review
Author names not noted above: Jean Racine, Molière, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Friedrich von Schiller 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 XXVI features the six 17th- and 18th-century plays that have most influenced Western European literature and culture: • Life Is a Dream, by Spanish dramatist PEDRO CALDERÓN DE LA BARCA (1600-1681), his 1635 allegory debating free will and fate • Polyeucte, by French playwright and father of French tragedy PIERRE CORNEILLE (1606-1684), his 1642 drama based on the life of the martyr Saint Polyeuctus • Phèdre, by French dramatist JEAN RACINE (1639-1699), his 1677 tragedy from Greek mythology • Tartuffe, by the French comic master Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622-1673), aka MOLIÈRE, his 1664 masterpiece about hypocrisy • Minna von Barnhelm, by German playwright GOTTHOLD EPHRAIM LESSING (1729-1781), a groundbreaking comedy • Wilhelm Tell, by German author FRIEDRICH VON SCHILLER (1759-1805), a tragedy of the Swiss fight for independence in the 14th century.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics
  • ISBN-10: 1-61640-116-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-61640-116-0
  • Sales Rank #
  • Published on: February 01, 2010
  • Number of items: 1
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 480 pages

News| Links| Site Map| Terms & Conditions| Contact Us