Theory & Criticism

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  1. Book ImageDeath in Venice

    Thomas Mann, Clayton Koelb

    Thomas Mann is widely acknowledged as the greatest German novelist of this century. His 1912 novella Death in Venice is the most frequently read example of Mann's early work.More

  2. Book ImageThe Ambassadors

    Henry James, S P. Rosenbaum

    Second Edition

    This revised and expanded Norton Critical Edition of The Ambassadors again includes the author's preface as well as the most significant variants of the three earlier editions of the novel published in James's lifetime.More

  3. Book ImageRobinson Crusoe

    Daniel Defoe, Michael Shinagel

    Second Edition

    The Second Edition of the Norton Critical Edition of Robinson Crusoe is based on the Shakespeare Head Press reprint of the first edition copy in the British Museum, with the "errata" listed by Defoe’s publisher, William Taylor, incorporated into the text.More

  4. Book ImageThe Mill on the Floss

    George Eliot, Carol T. Christ

    The best-known and most autobiographical of George Eliot’s novels is now available as a Norton Critical Edition.More

  5. Book ImageThe Princess of Clèves

    Marie-Madeleine de Lafayette, John D. Lyons

    The Princess of Cleves, often called the first modern French novel, was published anonymously in 1678 and was received with enthusiasm by its contemporary audience.More

  6. Book ImageThe Odyssey

    Homer, Albert Cook

    Second Edition

    The Second Edition of this Norton Critical Edition continues to be based on Albert Cook’s translation, widely acclaimed for its poetic phrasing and linguistic accuracy.More

  7. Book ImageThe Awakening

    Kate Chopin, Margo Culley

    Second Edition

    This Second Edition of a perennial favorite in the Norton Critical Edition series represents an extensive revision of its predecessor.More

  8. Book ImageToward a Recognition of Androgyny

    Carolyn G. Heilbrun

    “A frank, passionate plea for us to move away from sexual polarization and the prison of gender toward a world in which individual roles and modes of personal behavior can be freely chosen. . . . An interesting, lively and valuable general introduction to a new way of perceiving our Western cultural tradition, with emphasis upon English literature.” —Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  9. Book ImageAdrienne Rich's Poetry and Prose

    Adrienne Rich, Albert Gelpi, Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi

    This Norton Critical Edition presents the work of one of America's foremost poets. It moves well beyond the scope of its predecessor, Adrienne Rich's Poetry (1975), in giving proper recognition to Rich's extraordinary achievements in both poetry and prose in recent years. The result is a judiciously edited, sensibly annotated volume ideally suited for classroom study of one of our most distinguished working writers.More

  10. Book ImageEdmund Spenser's Poetry

    Edmund Spenser, Hugh Maclean, Anne Lake Prescott

    Building on the strengths of two previous editions, this revised and enlarged Third Edition continues to offer more of Spenser's poetry than any other comparable volume. All selections are based on early and established texts, fully glossed and precisely annotated, with an Editor's Note following each section.More

  11. Book ImageOliver Twist

    Charles Dickens, Fred Kaplan

    This Norton Critical Edition of a Dickens favorite reprints the 1846 text, the last edition of the novel substantially revised by Dickens and the one that most clearly reflects his authorial intentions.More

  12. Book ImageThe Art of Literary Research

    Richard D. Altick, John J. Fenstermaker

    Fourth Edition

    Since The Art of Literary Research was first published in 1963, it has been the established guide to the purposes, methods, and pleasures of research in English and American literature. It is the essential companion for courses in bibliography and research techniques and for programs in independent study, advanced composition, and undergraduate honors.More

  13. Book ImageBefore Novels: The Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction

    J. Paul Hunter

    “By taking a close look at materials no previous twentieth-century critic has seriously investigated in literary terms—ephemeral journalism, moralistic tracts, questions-and-answer columns, ‘wonder’ narratives—Paul Hunter discovers a tangled set of roots for the early novel. His provocative argument for a new historicized understanding of the genre and its early readers brilliantly reveals unexpected affinities.” —Patricia Meyer Spacks, Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English, University of VirginiaMore

  14. Book ImageThe Prince

    Niccolò Machiavelli, Robert M. Adams

    Second Edition

    Robert M. Adams’s superb translation of Machiavelli’s best-known work is again the basis for this Norton Critical Edition.More

  15. Book ImageA Journal of the Plague Year

    Daniel Defoe, Paula R. Backsheider

    This Norton Critical Edition of one of Defoe’s most important works reprints the 1722 text, the only edition published in Defoe’s lifetime.More

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