Tommy Crouch's Five Foot Shelf
The Harvard Classics , originally known as Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf , is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot and first published in 1909.
The concept of education through systematic reading of seminal works themselves (rather than textbooks), was carried on by John Erskine at Columbia University, and, in the 1930s, Mortimer Adler and Robert Hutchins at the University of Chicago, carried this idea further with the concepts of education through study of the "great books" and "great ideas" of Western civilization. This led to the publication in 1952 of Great Books of the Western World, which is still in print and actively marketed. In 1937, under Stringfellow Barr, St. John's College introduced a curriculum based on the direct study of "great books". These sets are popular today with those interested in homeschooling. These lists do not include the Bible.
My father, Marshall Fox Crouch wanted to give the name Stringfellow, to one of his progeny.
Here is Tommy Crouch's Five Foot Shelf.
(under development)


The Crock of Gold by James Stephens (1912)
complete work available online at the Gutenberg Project

Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (1980)

Suds in Your Eye by Mary Lasswell (1942)
(Novels featuring Mrs. Feeley, Mrs. Rasmussen, and Miss Tinkham)
High Time (1944), One on the House (1949), Wait for the Wagon (1951), Tooner Schooner (1953), Let's Go for Broke (1962) and
Mrs. Rasmussen's Book of One-Arm Cookery (1946)


The Little World of Don Camillo by Giovannino Guareschi (1948/1950 translation)
(Novels featuring Don Camillo and Comrade Peppone)
Don Camillo and His Flock (1952), Don Camillo's Dilemma (1954), Don Camillo takes the Devil by the Tail (1957), Comrade Don Camillo (1964) and Don Camillo Meets the Flower Children (1970)


The Intuitive Journey and Other Works by Russell Edson (1976)
Alexei Panshin
"Srb subscribed to a theory of great antiquity concerning the foundation of civilization, a theory beyond proof, but sufficiently within the bounds of possibility to merit endorsement. Civilization depends on stable living conditions for populations of some size that will allow them to build, invent, coin, keep records, and stock supplies for making war. Civilization in this sense is not possible for migrant populations, that is, populations whose staff of life is roots, berries and wild animal carcasses, the search for which keeps them eternally on the move. Civilization is the offspring of the invention of agriculture. But why did man take up agriculture? Not to allow himself to build, invent, coin, keep records, and stock rocks. That could not be foreseen. No, the invention of agriculture was to save men trouble in collecting the wherewithal for making beer. And when he drank beer, which he liked to do, Srb relished the thought that he was secretly preserving civilization without its knowledge, as was his duty.” Star Well p.78



The Big Ball of Wax; A Story of Tomorrow’s Happy World by Shepherd Mead (1954)



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