Recommended Reading for College Presidents
In all likelihood, the first book list appeared shortly after the first book. Indeed, the complaint that there are too many books to keep up with was heard long before the days of the printing press. (See Theodore Besterman. A World Bibliography of Bibliographical Catalogues, Calendars, Abstracts, Digests, Indexes and the Like [Lausanne Societas Bibliographica, 4th ed., 1965] Vol. 1 , pp. 17-18.) In America, the best known has been the Harvard Classics, fifty volumes of the world's great literature. Their editor, Charles W. Eliot, who had become president emeritus after forty years of reshaping Harvard University, declared, "All the books needed for a real education could be set on a shelf five feet long!"
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Drew, D.E. and Schuster, J.H. (1980). Recommended Reading for College Presidents. Change, 12(5), 33-38.