Theory & Criticism

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Book ImageWalden / Civil Disobedience / and Other Writings

    Henry D. Thoreau, William Rossi

    Third Edition

    This revised and expanded Third Edition adds three important post-Walden essays, "Slavery in Massachusetts," "Walking," and "Wild Apples," bringing the full scope of Thoreau's mature powers to twenty-first-century readers. The texts are accompanied by explanatory annotations, Thoreau's survey of Walden Pond, and the 1852 Walling map of Concord village and its environs.More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Book ImageThe Red Badge of Courage

    Stephen Crane, Eric Carl Link, Donald Pizer

    Fourth Edition

    This Norton Critical Edition of Stephen Crane’s classic 1895 Civil War novel is again based on the first published edition, conservatively edited.More

  8. Book ImageKing Lear

    William Shakespeare, Grace Ioppolo

    This Norton Critical Edition is based on the Folio text of King Lear (carefully corrected prior to its printing in 1623). The editor has interpolated the best-known and most-often discussed passages from Quarto I (including the “mock-trial” scene) as is fully explained in both “A Note on the Text” and the annotations that accompany the play.More

  9. Book ImageBlake's Poetry and Designs

    William Blake, John E. Grant, Mary Lynn Johnson

    Second Edition

    The Second Edition of this revered Norton Critical Edition is the most comprehensive introduction to Blake’s poetry and thought available.More

  10. Book ImageThe Annotated Hans Christian Andersen

    Hans Christian Andersen, Maria Tatar, Julie K. Allen

    A richly entertaining and informative collection of Hans Christian Andersen's stories, annotated by one of America's leading folklore scholars.More

  11. Book ImageRagged Dick

    Horatio Alger, Jr., Hildegard Hoeller

    Ragged Dick; or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks is arguably the best known of Horatio Alger’s American rags-to-riches stories.More

  12. Book ImageThe Annotated Secret Garden

    Frances Hodgson Burnett, Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

    The much-loved tale read by generations of children, now annotated and with over one hundred stunning illustrations.More

  13. Book ImageInferno

    Dante Alighieri, Giuseppe Mazzotta, Michael Palma

    This Norton Critical Edition of Dante’s masterpiece is based on Michael Palma’s verse translation, which is acclaimed for its elegant rendering of Dante’s triple-rhyme scheme into contemporary English.More

  14. Book ImagePassing

    Nella Larsen, Carla Kaplan

    Nella Larsen is a central figure in African American, Modernist, and women’s literature.More

  15. Book ImageDemocracy in America

    Alexis de Tocqueville, Isaac Kramnick, Henry Reeves

    The Norton Critical Edition presents Tocqueville’s classic text in the Henry Reeves translation.More

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