Theory & Criticism

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Book ImageWriting a Woman's Life

    Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Katha Pollitt

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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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