Common Reads: First-Year Experience

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Selected to captivate the minds of readers and inspire participation in engaging group conversations, Harvard University Press’s “Common Reads: First-Year Experience” collection aims to bolster a feeling of community within an assembly of scholars.

Beyond the books highlighted below, we recommend discovering the wisdom of the ancients with the digital Loeb Classical Library, offering our entire Greek and Latin Classical heritage—epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory; and much more—with up-to-date texts and accurate English translations.

For further recommendations for your classroom or organization, contact or view a list of all books available for online examination.

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