What are the best Harvard classic books?

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    #1Dr. Faustus

    Dr. Faustus

    This book, one of Western's literature most popular classics, narrates the story of a German doctor who sells his soul to the Devil in order to become powerful and to obtain knowledge. 


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    Han Yao
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This is a pretty popular timeless story about a German doctor. I read this in high school and still remember it to this day. The concept is also very interesting, detailing how he gave up in soul in return for greater knowledge. I'd recommend this story to most people as it is a classic."
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    Inspired by the life of Saint Polyeuctus, this 17th century drama relates and asks questions about religion in those days, a truly must-read book for all those love classic dramas.


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    Frank Brewer
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "A good classic but maybe not the best "
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    #3The Voyage of the Beagle

    The Voyage of the Beagle

    Published in 1839, this book is a collection of notes and texts from Charles Darwin written by him during the second survey expedition of the ship HMS Beagle. In it, we can see how Darwin's views on the species' fixity change, and how the first theories on evolution start to form. 


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    Sandra Gibson
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is a very informational book with a lot of details regarding Darwin and his experiences. It is one of Harvards best classics. "
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    Tartuffe is a satirical book by Molière. Originally published in 1644, Tartuffe is translated by Martin Sorrell and was banned for five years in the Molière's day. The book was deemed satirical for its views on religious hypocrisy.


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    Debra Ryan
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This satire on religious hypocrasy was actually banned back in the 1600s! A classic about speaking out to keep true to your truths."
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    #5Don Quixote

    Don Quixote
    Don Quixote by the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes is considered the first modern novel. It was published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615. It is about a rich man who went crazy after reading chivalry tales and traveled around the world. 

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    Aaron Gomez
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "What can you say about Don Quixote that hasn't already been said? It's a fantastic book that is destined to stand the test of time."
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    #6Tacitus on Germany

    Tacitus on Germany

    This book, written by Publius Cornelius Tacitus around the year 98, is a historical and ethnographic work that explains how the tribes outside the Roman Empired lived those days, focusing of course in Magnia Germania. 


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    #7On Liberty

    On Liberty

    On Liberty is a non-fiction book written by John Stuart Mill. This book was published in 1859. It presents the nineteenth century's views about the social and political philosophy.


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    Angela Wells
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I found this book difficult to finish. I couldn't get with some of the philosophies this guy was trying to push on people. He clearly was very disconnected form societal norms."


Best What are the best Harvard classic books
1Dr. FaustusBooks 36 Paid
2PolyeucteBooks 33 Paid
3The Voyage of the BeagleBooks 31 Paid
4TartuffeBooks 23 Paid
5Don QuixoteBooks 20 Paid
6Tacitus on GermanyBooks 18 Paid
7On LibertyBooks 13 Paid

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