Theory & Criticism

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Book ImagePassing

    Nella Larsen, Carla Kaplan

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

  9. 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

  10. Book ImageFeminist Literary Theory and Criticism: A Norton Reader

    Sandra M. Gilbert, Susan Gubar

    Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar’s newest collaboration, Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism: A Norton Reader, is the first collection to trace the historical evolution of feminist writing about literature in English from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century.More

  11. Book ImageDeath's Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve

    Sandra M. Gilbert

    "The most comprehensive multidisciplinary contemplation of mortality we are likely to get."--Thomas Lynch, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  12. Book ImageRediscovering Homer: Inside the Origins of the Epic

    Andrew Dalby

    "Dalby's book and his bibliography provide a superb introduction to the debate surrounding these poems."—Lisa Montanarelli, San Francisco ChronicleMore

  13. Book ImageBound to Please: An Extraordinary One-Volume Literary Education

    Michael Dirda

    "Michael Dirda may be as close to the ideal critic as we are likely to get."—Annie ProulxMore

  14. Book ImageJacob's Room

    Virginia Woolf, Suzanne Raitt

    Jacob’s Room is Virginia Woolf’s experimental third novel, set in England during the halcyon days before World War I. The text reprinted here is the first British edition, which Woolf approved, and which retains her original layout, including paragraph spacing.More

  15. Book ImageRoughing It in the Bush

    Susanna Moodie, Michael Peterman

    In 1832, Susanna Moodie immigrated to Canada from Britain with her husband and daughter in search of comfort and independence in the unsettled Canadian backwoods.More

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