Theory & Criticism

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  1. Book ImageAdventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Mark Twain, Thomas Cooley

    Third Edition

    This perennially popular Norton Critical Edition reprints for the first time the definitive Iowa-California text of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, complete with all original illustrations by Edward Windsor Kemble and John Harley. The text is accompanied by explanatory annotations.More

  2. Book ImageWide Sargasso Sea

    Jean Rhys, Judith L. Raiskin

    Written over the course of twenty-one years and published in 1966, Wide Sargasso Sea, based on Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, takes place in Jamaica and Dominica in 1839–45.More

  3. Book ImageThe Classic Fairy Tales

    Maria Tatar

    Fairy tales shape our cultures and enrich our imaginations; their narrative stability and cultural durability are incontestable.More

  4. Book ImageFaust

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Cyrus Hamlin, Walter Arndt

    Second Edition

    Walter Arndt’s translation of Faust reproduces the sense of the German original and Goethe’s enormously varied metrics and rhyme schemes.More

  5. Book ImageBeowulf: A Prose Translation

    Nicholas Howe, E. Talbot Donaldson

    Second Edition

    The text of this edition of Beowulf is based on the highly regarded Donaldson prose translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem.More

  6. Book ImageReinventing the Enemy's Language: Contemporary Native Women's Writings of North America

    Gloria Bird, Joy Harjo

    "A collection of important, eloquent, and often mesmerizing writings by American Indian Women. . . . A profoundly moving statement of resilience and renewal."—San Francisco ChronicleMore

  7. Book ImageThe Peloponnesian War

    Thucydides, Walter Blanco, Jennifer Tolbert Roberts

    A masterpiece of historical writing, Thucydides' account of the war fourth in the fifth century B.C. between the Athenian and Spartan alliances established a paradigm for the war monograph. The complete text appears here in a new and spirited translation by Walter Blanco. Jennifer Roberts's introduction and annotations provide vital background information.More

  8. Book ImageEvelina

    Frances Burney, Stewart J. Cooke

    The text is that of the third edition text of this influential novel, which incorporates all of Burney’s changes.More

  9. Book ImageHowards End

    E. M. Forster, Paul B. Armstrong

    The text is that of the first English edition (1910), published by Edward Arnold. It is accompanied by textual annotations and a textual appendix.More

  10. Book ImageMansfield Park

    Jane Austen, Claudia L. Johnson

    The text is that of a new authoritative text, which closely follows the one Austen oversaw when the novel was revised and reprinted in 1816.More

  11. Book ImagePère Goriot

    Honore de Balzac, Peter Brooks, Burton Raffel

    The text is that of Burton Raffell’s acclaimed 1994 translation.More

  12. Book ImageWoman in the Nineteenth Century

    Margaret Fuller, Larry J. Reynolds

    The text is that of the first edition and includes comprehensive textual annotations.More

  13. Book ImageWilliam Shakespeare: A Textual Companion

    John Jowett, William Montgomery, Gary Taylor, Et Al.

    A comprehensive accompaniment and resource for students and educators.More

  14. Book ImageShakespeare: A Life in Drama

    Stanley Wells

    “Stanley Wells commands particular attention. . . .In this new book he surveys with common sense, stylish prose, and the insight that comes from a lifetime of study, all the plays and poems, setting them against what is known of their creator’s life. . . . He is particularly attentive to theatrical values and alludes regularly to modern stage productions.” —Washington PostMore

  15. Book ImageThe Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan

    Christine de Pizan, Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Kevin Brownlee

    Christine de Pizan (ca. 1364-ca. 1421) is Europe’s first professional woman writer. She wrote an astonishing body of work in many genres, including lyric poetry, allegorical dream visions, history, political treatises, and biography.More

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