Free Shipping on orders over $25

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $63
  • November 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-91309-5
  • 6 × 9.2 in
  • Volume(s): Package 1: Vols. A & B / Beginnings to 1865
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

The Norton Anthology of American Literature

Eighth Edition


Volume(s): Package 1: Vols. A & B

See all options and formats starting at

Nina Baym (General Editor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Robert S. Levine (General Editor, University of Maryland, College Park), Wayne Franklin (Editor, University of Connecticut), Philip F. Gura (Editor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Jerome Klinkowitz (Editor, University of Northern Iowa), Arnold Krupat (Editor, Sarah Lawrence College), Mary Loeffelholz (Editor, Northeastern University), Jeanne Campbell Reesman (Editor, University of Texas at San Antonio), Patricia B. Wallace (Editor, Vassar College)


Read by more than 2.5 million students over 30 years, The Norton Anthology of American Literature sets the standard and remains an unmatched value.

The Eighth Edition features a diverse and balanced variety of works and thorough but judicious editorial apparatus throughout. The new edition also includes more complete works, much-requested new authors, 170 in-text images, new and re-thought contextual clusters, and other tools that help instructors teach the course they want to teach.

The Norton Anthology of American Literature is now available as an interactive ebook, at just a fraction of the print price. Learn more.


37 Complete Longer Works, 3 New

The Norton Anthology of American Literature includes more major works in their entirety than does any other anthology of American literature. The Eighth Edition offers 37 complete longer texts of which 3—Margaret Fuller’s The Great Lawsuit, August Wilson’s Fences, and Katherine Anne Porter’s Pale Horse, Pale Rider—are newly included, and 2—Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire—are exclusive to the Norton Anthology.

The Best Balance: 13 New Authors; Strengthened Classic Writers

Charles Brockden Brown, Louisa May Alcott, Upton Sinclair, Mourning Dove, Martin Luther King Jr., and Junot Díaz are among more than a dozen writers new to the Eighth Edition. At the same time, the headnotes and, in many cases, selections for a host of frequently assigned authors—Benjamin Franklin, Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, William Cullen Bryant, Lydia Maria Child, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, William Dean Howells, Henry James, Kate Chopin, Willa Cather, William Faulkner, among others—have been revised, refreshed, and in some cases entirely rewritten in light of recent scholarship.

6 New and Rethought Lecture-length Contextual Clusters

Each cluster contains 10 to 15 pages of selections that tightly cohere, including more primary texts about key cultural issues and literary forms and movements. The Eighth Edition provides more teachable groupings of Native American selections and 6 brand-new clusters.

continue reading »

Visually Rich and Dynamic

Over 120 black-and-white illustrations and 50 color plates enrich and contextualize the selections in the book. In addition, graphic works—selections from Art Spiegelman’s Maus and the colonial children’s classic The New-England Primer—provide examples of the hybrid art of the “visual narrative.” The new edition boasts a fresh, more modern display font and period-opener design that subtly refreshes the look of the page, while retaining its readability.

More Tools for Instructors

The media package offers instructors the opportunity to easily incorporate media into their lectures and gives students the practical help they need to understand and appreciate literature. Students will appreciate the variety of review materials and self-assessments available on the free StudySpace site. Instructors have everything they need to bring literature alive in the classroom: a new Instructor Resource Disc featuring lecture PowerPoints, nearly 300 images, and select audio recordings; the American Passages website and video series; an extensively revised Course Guide; and a free WebCT/Blackboard coursepack.

The Apparatus You Trust

Norton Anthologies set the standard for editorial help that’s right for undergraduate readers. In the Eighth Edition, all apparatus has been freshly considered—period introductions and headnotes judiciously recast, hundreds of annotations and glosses fine-tuned, and bibliographies carefully updated—all with the goal of making these aids to reading and understanding as helpful as possible.

Download Complete Contents (pdf)

Download Volume A Contents (pdf)

Download Volume B Contents (pdf)

Download Volume C Contents (pdf)

Download Volume D Contents (pdf)

Download Volume E Contents (pdf)

    Package Offers

    1. Book Image

      Buy any volume of The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Eighth Edition and get any any Norton Critical Edition for just $.00 more