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Three Centuries of Harvard, 1636–1936

Three Centuries of Harvard, 1636–1936

Samuel Eliot Morison

ISBN 9780674888913

Publication date: 10/15/1986

This one-volume history of Harvard is not so much a summary of Samuel Eliot Morison’s monumental work [The Tercentennial History of Harvard College and University, 1636–1936] as it is an entirely fresh handling of his vast material.

With a mind saturated in the lore and tradition at his command, Professor Morison has sat down to tell the whole story of Harvard informally and briefly. Documentation and all the learned apparatus of scholarly research are therefore omitted; but the same genial humor, the same ability to see the human implications of past events, that characterize his larger, multi-volume series on Harvard are preserved in this. The result is a marvelously entertaining volume, the history of Harvard that everyone has been waiting for, a model of vitalized historical writing.

Praise

  • A salty narrative of the vicissitudes of an institution whose record mirrors America… A social history in the best sense, as earthy and humorous as a Dickens novel, but in the spirit better to be compared, perhaps, with biography of the Strachey school. In fact, Professor Morison has brought Harvard so much alive in his pages that biography seems a better term for his book than history.

    —New York Herald Tribune

Author

  • Samuel Eliot Morison was Professor of History at Harvard University. His books won two Pulitzer Prizes.

Book Details

  • 520 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Belknap Press

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