Theory & Criticism

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  1. Book ImageThe Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism

    Vincent B. Leitch, William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Et Al.

    Third Edition

    More comprehensive and up-to-date than ever beforeMore

  2. Book ImagePoetics

    Aristotle, Michelle Zerba, David Gorman, Et Al.

    Additional information is forthcoming.

  3. Book ImageMedea

    Euripides, Sheila Murnaghan

    “A terrific new translation—Murnaghan’s Medea is both terrifying and sympathetic, an emotionally complex portrayal that leaves the reader no simple answers.” —Kirk Ormand, Oberlin College

    “This NCE will appeal to a wide range of teachers who are in search of an authoritative text of a play that is both highly provocative and in need of interpretive support.” —Michelle Zerba, Louisiana State University
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  4. Book ImageA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

    Mark Twain, Henry B. Wonham

    “An exciting new edition of a Twain text that raises important questions about modernity, technology, and progress. I especially welcome the inclusion of all of Dan Beard’s original illustrations.”
    —BEVERLY LYON CLARK, Wheaton College
    “Artfully designed to make Mark Twain’s ‘most conceptually ambitious and most wildly problematic novel’ accessible to today’s reader.”

    —THOMAS COOLEY, The Ohio State University
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  5. Book ImageThe Golden Age of Spanish Drama

    Barbara Fuchs, G.J. Racz

    “The comedia was the vibrant center of Spain’s Golden Age and this skillfully curated collection provides the reader with a superior introduction to its range and complexity. Gregary Racz’s delightful translations are complemented by Barbara Fuchs’ deep knowledge of the period to produce an essential primer for all students of early modern theater.” —ANNA MORE, University of Brasília
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  6. Book ImageAdrienne Rich: Poetry and Prose

    Adrienne Rich, Albert Gelpi, Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi, Et Al.

    Second Edition

    This absolutely exquisite selection of a major poet’s best poetry is a tribute to both her and the editors as well as a deep service to literate humanity.” —ALBERT WACHTEL, Pitzer College

    I do use your edition of Rich each time I teach my women writers course. It’s essential!” —JOELLEN DELUCIA, Central Michigan University

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  7. Book ImageThe People and the Books: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature

    Adam Kirsch

    An accessible introduction to the classics of Jewish literature, from the Bible to modern times, by “one of America’s finest literary critics” (Wall Street Journal).More

  8. Book ImageThe Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

    Stephen Greenblatt

    Stephen Greenblatt—Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winning author of The Swerve and Will in the World—investigates the life of one of humankind’s greatest stories.More

  9. Book ImageThe Awakening

    Kate Chopin, Margo Culley

    Third Edition

    “I have used the Norton Critical Editions since graduate school. As a teacher of high-school literature, I find them to be excellent resources for the study of various novels, plays, etc."—Brooke Gifford, Vincent Middle High SchoolMore

  10. Book ImageUncle Tom's Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Ammons

    Third Edition

    “Elizabeth Ammons has produced a first-rate Norton Critical Edition with Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” —Mason I. Lowance, Jr., University of Massachusetts Amherst  “I will definitely use this edition again. The critical materials at the end of the book helped my students to have informed, productive class discussions.”  —Heidi Oberholtzer Lee, University of Notre DameMore

  11. Book ImageThe Portrait of a Lady

    Henry James, Michael Gorra

    “Michael Gorra’s wise and worldly new critical edition of James’s first masterpiece will help readers of all persuasions appreciate The Portrait of a Lady as a brilliant experiment in the art of the novel; as a landmark in the emergence of American literature; and as an open-ended, quietly terrifying meditation on American identity in its encounter with the world.” —Mary Loeffelholz, Northeastern UniversityMore

  12. Book ImageThe Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece

    John Pfordresher

    The surprising hidden history behind Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.More

  13. Book ImageThe Scarlet Letter and Other Writings

    Nathaniel Hawthorne, Leland S. Person

    Second Edition

    This perennially popular Norton Critical Edition has been revised to reflect the most current scholarly approaches to The Scarlet Letter—Hawthorne’s most widely read novel—as well as to the five short prose works—“Mrs. Hutchinson,” “Endicott and the Red Cross,” “Young Goodman Brown,” “The Minister’s Black Veil,” and “The Birth-mark”—that closely relate to the 1850 novel.More

  14. Book ImagePierre: Or, The Ambiguities

    Herman Melville, Robert S. Levine, Cindy Weinstein

    When Pierre was published one year after Moby-Dick, expectations were high. Readers expected—and Melville delivered—adventure, humor, and brilliance. Magnificent and strange, Pierre is a richly allusive novel mirroring both antebellum America and Melville’s own life.More

  15. Book ImageAn Essay on the Principle of Population

    Thomas Robert Malthus, Joyce E. Chaplin

    The world’s population is now 7.4 billion people, placing ever greater demands on our natural resources. As we stand witness to a possible reversal of modernity’s positive trends, Malthus’s pessimism is worth full reconsideration.More

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