Theory & Criticism

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  1. Book ImageCultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts

    Clive James

    "I can't remember when I've learned as much from something I've read—or laughed as much while doing it."—Jacob Weisberg, SlateMore

  2. Book ImageThe Time Machine

    H. G. Wells, Stephen Arata

    The Time Machine (1895) is H. G. Wells’s first published novel as well as his most enduring and influential work.More

  3. Book ImageHow to Read Foucault

    Johanna Oksala, Simon Critchley

    Intent upon letting the reader experience the pleasure and intellectual stimulation in reading classic authors, the How to Read series will facilitate and enrich your understanding of texts vital to the canon.More

  4. Book ImageHow to Read Kierkegaard

    John D. Caputo, Simon Critchley

    Intent upon letting the reader experience the pleasure and intellectual stimulation in reading classic authors, the How to Read series will facilitate and enrich your understanding of texts vital to the canon.More

  5. Book ImageHow to Read the Egyptian Book of the Dead

    Barry Kemp, Simon Critchley

    Intent upon letting the reader experience the pleasure and intellectual stimulation in reading classic authors, the How to Read series will facilitate and enrich your understanding of texts vital to the canon.More

  6. Book ImageHow to Read the Qur'an

    Mona Siddiqui, Simon Critchley

    How to Read is a personal master class that brings you face-to-face with the work of some of the most influential and challenging texts in history.More

  7. Book ImageWriting a Woman's Life

    Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Katha Pollitt

    "A provocative study that should be in every writer's library."—Washington PostMore

  8. Book ImageKeats's Poetry and Prose

    John Keats, Jeffrey N. Cox

    This Norton Critical Edition seeks to return Keats—one of the most beloved poets of the English language—to his cultural moment by tracking his emergence as a public poet.More

  9. Book ImageFathers and Children

    Ivan Turgenev, Michael R. Katz

    Second Edition

    Michael R. Katz’s acclaimed translation of Turgenev’s greatest novel is again the basis for this Norton Critical Edition.More

  10. Book ImageTolstoy's Short Fiction

    Leo Tolstoy, Michael R. Katz

    Second Edition

    Leo Tolstoy’s short works, like his novels, show readers his narrative genius, keen observation, and historical acumen—albeit on a smaller scale.More

  11. Book ImageMary Barton

    Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Recchio

    Elizabeth Gaskell, one of the nineteenth century’s most significant novelists, was widely held to be the social conscience of Great Britain during the Industrial Revolution.More

  12. Book ImageWalden / Civil Disobedience / and Other Writings

    Henry D. Thoreau, William Rossi

    Third Edition

    As a unique feature, the Third Edition includes generous excerpts from Thoreau's journal, reprinted by special arrangements with Princeton University Press from the definitive edition of his writings. Spanning the years 1845-54, these selections vividly display Thoreau's...More

  13. Book ImageThe Modern Element: Essays on Contemporary Poetry

    Adam Kirsch

    A collection of bold, insightful, and controversial essays by “a poetry critic of the very first order” (New York Times).More

  14. Book ImageO Pioneers!

    Willa Cather, Sharon O'Brien

    Willa Cather's masterful 1913 novel marks her return to the Nebraska of her youth, and to the stories of the immigrant settlers she had known during her childhood and teenage years in Red Cloud.More

  15. Book ImageThe Red and the Black

    Stendhal, Susanna Lee, Robert M. Adams

    Second Edition

    Based again on Robert M. Adams’s highly regarded translation of Stendhal’s 1831 novel of ambition, love, and betrayal, this Second Norton Critical Edition of The Red and the Black is the most comprehensive and up-to-date edition available.More

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