One hundred years ago saw the publication of Charles Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf. The Harvard President claimed you could get a solid liberal education by reading a collection of books that filled a five-foot shelf. Most of the 51 volumes on the Five Foot Shelf probably still deserve their place: Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Macbeth, Cervantes’s Don Quixote, Homer’s Odyssey and many other classics. But what books from the last 100 years – fiction or non-fiction – have now earned a slot alongside them? Which books from around the world would you put on a Five Foot Shelf for 2009?
Listen to the July 10, 2009 piece:
Listen to the update from July 13, 2009:
Listen to the update from July 17, 2009: