Western European Literature

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  1. Book ImageThe Classic Fairy Tales

    Maria Tatar

    Second Edition

    “I have used this textbook for four courses on children’s literature with enrollments of over ninety students. It is without doubt the most well organized selection of literary fairy tales and critical commentaries currently available. Students love it.”
    —Lita Barrie, California State University, Los AngelesMore

  2. Book ImageGuy de Maupassant's Selected Works

    Guy de Maupassant, Robert Lethbridge, Sandra Smith

    “Smith successfully captures Maupassant’s depiction of nineteenth-century French culture using terminology that allows these wonderful texts to reach a fresh generation of readers. A solid translation of some wonderful short stories.”
    —Library Journal
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  3. Book ImageCandide

    Voltaire, Nicholas Cronk

    Third Edition

    Candide has been delighting readers since 1759 with its satiric wit, provocations, and warnings.More

  4. Book ImageLazarillo de Tormes

    Anonymous, Ilan Stavans

    Anonymously published in 1554, Lazarillo de Tormes remains a centerpiece of Renaissance literature and arguably the most popular example of the picaresque novel.More

  5. Book ImageMarie de France: Poetry

    Marie de France, Dorothy Gilbert

    Marie de France’s beautiful poems of courtly love, enchantment, and mystery are now available in a Norton Critical Edition.More

  6. Book ImageThe Decameron

    Giovanni Boccaccio, Wayne A. Rebhorn

    This volume presents fifty-five stories, newly translated, of the hundred novelle that comprise Boccaccio’s masterpiece.More

  7. Book ImageThe Metamorphosis

    Franz Kafka, Mark M. Anderson, Susan Bernofsky

    Franz Kafka's 1915 novella of nightmarish transformation became a worldwide classic and remains a century later one of the most widely read works of fiction in the world. This new and acclaimed translation is accompanied by possible inspirations and critical analysis of Gregor Samsa's strange story.More

  8. Book ImageCastle Rackrent

    Maria Edgeworth, Ryan Twomey

    The only edition of this 1800 novel—widely regarded as the first historical novel—to include supporting materials on both the importance of Maria Edgeworth as a writer and the influence of contemporary history on this novel.More

  9. Book ImageSwann's Way

    Marcel Proust, Susanna Lee

    In its centennial year, Marcel Proust’s masterpiece of literary imagination is available in a Norton Critical Edition.More

  10. Book ImageGeorg Büchner: The Major Works

    Georg Büchner, Henry Schmidt, Matthew Wilson Smith

    Few writers have transformed literature and theater so dramatically. Based on Henry J. Schmidt’s translations of The Hessian Messenger, Danton’s Death, Lenz, Leonce and Lena, and Woyzeck.More

  11. Book ImageMetamorphoses

    Ovid, Charles Martin

    In his award-winning translation, Charles Martin combines fidelity to Ovid’s text with verse that catches the speed and liveliness of the original.More

  12. Book ImageThe Consolation of Philosophy

    Boethius, Douglas C. Langston

    One of the most influential texts to come out of the late Middle Ages.More

  13. Book ImageThe Essential Writings of Jonathan Swift

    Jonathan Swift, Ian Higgins, Claude Rawson

    This Norton Critical Edition is the fullest single-volume collection of Jonathan Swift's writings, encompassing not only the major prose satires—A Tale of the Tub, Gulliver’s Travels, and A Modest Proposal—but also a large number of other works, including his most important poems and political writings. The texts are accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations by Ian Higgins, thirty illustrations, and a full introduction by Claude Rawson. This is an indispensable edition for scholar and student alike.More

  14. Book ImageThe Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

    Max Weber, Richard Swedberg

    The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism is Max Weber’s most important work and, since its publication in 1904, has been widely considered the most important sociological study of the twentieth century.More

  15. Book ImageModern and Contemporary Irish Drama

    John P. Harrington

    Second Edition

    Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama is the ideal focal point for the study of Irish literature and culture and, because of its many great twentieth-century works, for the study of drama more generally.More

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