Theory & Criticism

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  1. Book ImageThe Pleasures of Reading: In an Ideological Age

    Robert Alter

    “A book that ought to be placed in the hands of any person who shows the slightest interest in serious reading or in hearing a good, practical defense of high culture.” —Wall Street JournalMore

  2. Book ImageLeviathan

    Thomas Hobbes, Richard Flathman, David Johnston

    This Norton Critical Edition of arguably the greatest work of political theory written in the English language contains the bulk of Hobbes's treatise, including all chapters except those of interest primarily to professional historical scholars.More

  3. Book ImageGulliver's Travels

    Jonathan Swift, Albert J. Rivero

    This new edition of Swift's satiric classic is based on the 1726 text—the edition textual scholars now consider the most authoritative.More

  4. Book ImageThe Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France

    Robert Darnton

    Robert Darnton's work is one of the main reasons that cultural history has become an exciting study central to our understanding of the past.More

  5. Book ImageLord Jim

    Joseph Conrad, Thomas C. Moser

    Second Edition

    This Norton Critical Edition provides the most authoritative text of Lord Jim yet published; it is based on the definitive third English edition, collated with the periodical version that appeared in Blackwood’s Magazine and with the first English edition.More

  6. Book ImageWar and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy, George Gibian

    Second Edition

    The text of this revised Norton Critical Edition of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel is based on the Louise and Aylmer Maude translation. The editor has made revisions where appropriate; the annotations have also been revised and expanded. Three maps of Napoleon’s campaigns and battles in Russia are included, making the military aspects of the novel easier to follow.More

  7. Book ImageWinesburg, Ohio

    Sherwood Anderson, Charles E. Modlin, Ray Lewis White

    Set against the backdrop of a fictional 1890s town, Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio depicts the not-so-simple lives of its residents as seen through the eyes of George Willard, a young and observant resident.More

  8. Book ImageAurora Leigh

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Margaret Reynolds

    This Norton Critical Edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s 1856 verse-novel is based on Margaret Reynolds’ variorum edition, which the British Academy awarded the 1993 Rose Mary Crawshay Prize and which is reprinted here by special arrangement with the Ohio University Press.More

  9. Book ImageNewton

    Isaac Newton, I. Bernard Cohen, Richard S. Westfall

    At last—an illuminating and accessible edition of Isaac Newton's writings, intended for nonspecialist readers. I. Bernard Cohen and Richard S. Westfall have meticulously collected representative works from every major aspect of Newton's intellectual life.More

  10. Book ImageUp From Slavery

    Booker T. Washington, William L. Andrews

    Upon its publication in 1901, Up From Slavery became the most influential book written by an African American. As one of a handful of classic American autobiographies, its place in the literary and historical canons is assured. This Norton Critical Edition includes as its text the first book edition, published by Doubleday, Page and Company. The text is fully annotated and includes the index that appended the first book edition.More

  11. Book ImageThe Portrait of a Lady

    Henry James, Robert D. Bamberg

    Second Edition

    The text of this Second Edition of one of Henry James's most important novels is that of the New York Edition (1908).More

  12. Book ImageAnna Karenina

    Leo Tolstoy, George Gibian

    This Second Norton Critical Edition of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel is again based on the Louise and Aylmer Maude translation (originally published in 1918; revised with notes in 1939), which has never been surpassed. This volume reprints the 1939 edition, which the editor has revised, making twenty-one textual changes and revising or adding forty-nine footnotes.More

  13. Book ImageThe Politics of Cruelty: An Essay on the Literature of Political Imprisonment

    Kate Millett

    From one of the most influential figures of the last twenty years—the author of Sexual Politics—comes this brilliant work in which Kate Millet sets out a new theory of politics for our time, a harrowing view of the modern state based on the practice of torture as a method of rule, as conscious policy.More

  14. Book ImageMiddle English Romances

    Stephen H. A. Shepherd

    This Norton Critical Edition presents significant examples of one of the most important bodies of English poetry written before the Renaissance.More

  15. Book ImageEthan Frome

    Edith Wharton, Kristin O. Lauer, Cynthia Griffin Wolff

    This Norton Critical Edition of Edith Wharton's celebrated novella is based on the first edition, published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1911.More

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