Norton Critical Editions

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  1. Book ImageThe Prince: A Norton Critical Edition

    Niccolò Machiavelli, Wayne A. Rebhorn

    Third Edition

    “A highly-readable translation and very inclusive selection of critical responses, making this the best edition of the text for an undergraduate readership.”  —Christian M. Billing, University of Hull  “It is quite thorough for one semester, and bears up well for ongoing study. This is a very well-thought-out concept for such a seminal work.  It more than meets the requirements for my upper-level undergraduate courses.”  —Jeff Steele, Principia CollegeMore

  2. Book ImageThe Tempest: A Norton Critical Edition

    William Shakespeare, Peter Hulme, William H. Sherman

    Second Edition

    “Presenting an utterly reliable text, together with a rich collection of social, historical, and performance-based materials, this edition illuminates our understanding of the play as it has been interpreted traditionally, while simultaneously pointing the way to innovative, revisionist readings for the future.”
    —S. P. Cerasano, Colgate University

    “The Norton Critical Tempest is a truly wonderful resource: it illuminates Shakespeare’s most open-ended play with a wealth of richly suggestive contextual materials—on magic, on human perfectibility, on travel and alien worlds, on colonial domination, on religion and politics. Providing a well-selected sampling of interpretive criticism and artistic rewritings, the edition will inspire students to become researchers and re-creators themselves as they bring these texts into conversation with Shakespeare’s magical and enigmatic creation.”
    —Lynne Magnusson, University of Toronto
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  3. Book ImageWuthering Heights: A Norton Critical Edition

    Emily Brontë, Alexandra Lewis

    Fifth Edition

    “Thank you. This is absolutely first-class in all respects. The reprinted 1850 poems and the contemporary reviews unveil insights unsuspected by the majority of readers; and the selection of current views and criticism is sensitive and representative.” —N. S. Asbridge, Central Connecticut State University

    “A fine new edition at an affordable price.” —Bernard Duyfhuizen, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
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  4. Book ImageBeowulf: A Verse Translation: A Norton Critical Edition

    Seamus Heaney, Daniel Donoghue

    Second Edition

    “Accomplishes what before now had seemed impossible: a faithful rendering that is simultaneously an original and gripping poem in its own right.”  —New York Times Book Review“Excellent ancillary materials in this critical edition make a potentially alienating text and culture accessible and engaging.” —Tim Melnarik, California State University, San BernardinoMore

  5. Book ImageHamlet: A Norton Critical Edition

    William Shakespeare, Robert S. Miola

    Second Edition

    “A perfect volume to initiate majors into the discipline and delight of carefully examining presumptions, priorities, language, and structures of both primary and secondary texts.”
    —Stephen R. Honeygosky, University of Pittsburgh
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  6. Book ImageThe Epic of Gilgamesh: A Norton Critical Edition

    Benjamin R. Foster

    Second Edition

    “This scrupulous new translation of The Epic of Gilgamesh manages to convey much of the archaic power and even something of the occasional humor of the ancient Mesopotamian poem. What is especially valuable is that the translators, by collating passages from the different ancient versions of this epic that have survived only in fragments, have made available many vivid narrative episodes that will be new to most English readers of the poem.” —Robert Alter, University of California, BerkeleyMore

  7. Book ImageCrime and Punishment: A Norton Critical Edition

    Fyodor Dostoevsky, Michael R. Katz

    First Edition

    “These are the voices of Crime and Punishment in all their original, dazzling variety: pensive, urgent, defiant, and triumphant. This new translation by Michael Katz revives the intensity Dostoevsky’s first readers experienced.” —Susan McReynolds, Northwestern University

    “Mesmerizingly good . . . the best, truest translation of Dostoevsky’s masterpiece into English. It’s a magnificent, almost terrifying achievement of translation, one that makes its predecessors, however worthy, seem safe and polite.” —Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly
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  8. Book ImageIncidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: A Norton Critical Edition

    Harriet Jacobs, Frances Smith Foster, Richard Yarborough

    Second Edition

    “Accompanied by historical photographs, public statements, and correspondence, and by a well-selected sampling of modern criticism, this Norton Critical Edition will stimulate many classroom discussions in years to come.” —Werner Sollors, Harvard University  “This new edition includes an array of reviews and correspondence along with a fresh and diverse set of scholarly critiques that will help students and instructors understand this remarkable autobiography.” —Bryan Sinche, University of HartfordMore

  9. Book ImageTristram Shandy: A Norton Critical Edition

    Laurence Sterne, Judith Hawley

    “Packed with carefully curated supplementary goodies, Hawley’s edition will allow students and scholars alike to appreciate the breadth and depth of Sterne’s wit, creativity, and pathos.” —Evan Gottlieb, Oregon State University   “This new edition of Tristram expands commentary by the great early novelists and by today’s most influential critics.” —Paula Backscheider, Auburn UniversityMore

  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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

  15. 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

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