The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction
The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction complements the Harvard Classics to complete a well rounded education. Here are the books in the collection of 20 Volumes. The collection was first published in 1917 and is thus in the public domain in the USA. An introduction to the collection can be found at: Bartleby.com.
The following quote comes from Volume 1 and was written by Charles Eliot.
"In the original selection of The Harvard Classics, fiction was admitted only to a small extent, and none was admitted that was later than 1835. Indeed, Manzoni’s “I Promessi Sposi,” a historical novel published in 1826, was the only book included that would now be called a novel. “Don Quixote” (Part I) and “Pilgrim’s Progress,” two other pieces of prose fiction which found place in the collection, both belonging to the seventeenth century, have a character quite distinct from that of the nineteenth-century novel, romance, or story. Selected stories from the “Thousand and One Nights” constituted one volume of The Harvard Classics, representing there ancient Oriental fiction made known to Europe two centuries ago, and since engrafted on European literature; but these stories differ widely from the fiction of the nineteenth century in style, matter, and motive. Another kind of fiction, the fable and wonder story, was illustrated in The Harvard Classics by one volume containing fables which pass under the name of Æsop, the tales collected by the brothers Grimm, and the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen; but again this form of fiction is distinct from that which the new set of twenty volumes is in tended to illustrate. Yet, after all, there are five volumes of fiction in The Harvard Classics; and that fact necessarily affected the present choice.
"This collection contains modern novels, romances, and short stories, the oldest of which appeared in 1749, but most belong to the nineteenth century. The twenty volumes represent seven different national literatures, namely: English, American, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Scandinavian. More than half the set, eleven volumes, is devoted to English and American fiction, French having two volumes, German two, Russian four, and Spanish and Scandinavian sharing one volume."
While Doctor Charles W. Eliot picked the 20 volumes an associate Doctor William Allan Neilson actually assembled the content, wrote the commentary, and obtained the critical reviews. The Shelf of Fiction volumes were published in 1917.
 Online reading
These are available for reading online at: http://www.bartleby.com/hc/.
They can be download at archive.org, however they are not proofed. You can also read these online using the images which don't need to be proofed. This is likely the best way to read them as the pages are reproduced exactly from the printed page.
 The list
|1 & 2||The History of Tom Jones||Henry Fielding||ePub||Mobi|
|3||A Sentimental Journey||Laurence Sterne||ePub||Mobi|
|3||Pride and Prejudice||Jane Austen||ePub||Mobi|
|4||Guy Mannering||Sir Walter Scott||ePub||Mobi|
|5 & 6||Vanity Fair||William Makepeace Thackeray|
|7 & 8||David Copperfield||Charles Dickens|
|9||The Mill on the Floss||George Eliot|
|10||The Scarlet Letter||Nathaniel Hawthorne|
|10||Rappaccini’s Daughter||Nathaniel Hawthorne|
|10||Rip Van Winkle||Washington Irving|
|10||The Legend of Sleepy Hollow||Washington Irving|
|10||Three Short Stories||Edgar Allan Poe|
|10||Three Short Stories||Francis Bret Harte|
|10||Jim Smily and His Jumping Frog||Samuel L. Clemens|
|10||The Man without a Country||Edward Everett Hale|
|11||The Portrait of a Lady||Henry James|
|12||Notre Dame de Paris||Victor Marie Hugo|
|13||Old Goriot||Honoré de Balzac|
|13||The Devil’s Pool||George Sand|
|13||The Story of a White Blackbird||Alfred de Musset|
|13||Five Short Stories||Alphonse Daudet|
|13||Two Short Stories||Guy de Maupassant|
|14||Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship||J. W. von Goethe|
|15||The Sorrows of Werther||J. W. von Goethe|
|15||The Banner of the Upright Seven||Gottfried Keller|
|15||The Rider on the White Horse||Theodor Storm|
|15||Trials and Tribulations||Theodor Fontane|
|16 & 17||Anna Karenin||Leo Tolstoy|
|17||Ivan the Fool||Leo Tolstoy|
|18||Crime and Punishment||Fyodor Dostoevsky|
|19||A House of Gentlefolk||Ivan Turgenev|
|19||Fathers and Children||Ivan Turgenev|
|20||Pepita Jimenez||Juan Valera|
|20||A Happy Boy||Björnstjerne Björnson|
|20||Skipper Worse||Alexander L. Kielland|
 Harvard Classics
As mentioned above this collection is designed to supplement Harvard Classics by adding additional fiction books for a well rounded education. The original collection did include some fiction books as well. These include:
|3||New Atlantis||Francis Bacon|
|14||Don Quixote (part 1)||Miguel de Cervantes|
|15||The Pilgrim's Progress||John Bunyan|
|15||The Lives of Donne and Herbert||Isaak Walton|
|16||Stories from the Thousand and One Nights|
|17||Household Tales||Grimm Brothers|
|17||Tales||Hans Christian Anderson|
|18||Manfred (poetry)||Lord Byron|
|20||The Divine Comedy (poetry)||Dante Alighieri|
|21||I Promessi Sposi||Alessandro Manzoni|