American Literature

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  1. Book ImageThe Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson, Wayne Franklin

    The first book to include Thomas Jefferson’s writings and writings about him—from his era and ours.More

  2. Book ImageAs I Lay Dying

    William Faulkner, Michael Gorra

    Long been recognized not only as one of William Faulkner’s greatest works, but also as the most accessible of his major novels.More

  3. Book ImageHow the Other Half Lives

    Jacob Riis, Hasia R. Diner

    How the Other Half Lives occupies a premier place on a small list of American books—along with Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Jungle, Silent Spring, The Feminine Mystique, and Unsafe at Any Speed—that changed public opinion, influenced public policy, and left an indelible mark on history.More

  4. Book ImageThe Garden of Last Days: A Novel

    Andre Dubus III

    “So good, so damn compulsively readable, that I can hardly believe it.” —Stephen King, Entertainment WeeklyMore

  5. Book ImageTextual Editing and Criticism: An Introduction

    Erick Kelemen, Donald H. Reiman

    Textual Editing and Criticism: An Introduction addresses a gap in currently available materials for English and American literature teachers who bring textual editing and criticism into their courses.More

  6. Book ImageThe Last Chicken in America: A Novel in Stories

    Ellen Litman

    "[An] elegantly constructed web of stories about Russian-Jewish immigrants....Warm, true and original."—New York Times Book ReviewMore

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Book ImagePassing

    Nella Larsen, Carla Kaplan

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

  12. Book ImageDemocracy in America

    Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeves, Isaac Kramnick

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

  13. Book ImageThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Mark Twain, Beverly Lyon Clark

    As featured on PBS’s The Great American Read

    The text of this Norton Critical Edition is based, with typesetting errors corrected, on the first U.S. edition (1876), the most authoritative of the editions published in Twain’s lifetime.

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  14. Book ImageThe Confidence-Man

    Herman Melville, Mark Niemeyer, Hershel Parker

    Second Edition

    The text of The Confidence-Man reprinted here is again that of the first American edition (1857), slightly corrected.More

  15. Book ImageSister Carrie

    Theodore Dreiser, Donald Pizer

    Third Edition

    The text of the Third Edition is based on the 1900 Doubleday Page edition, with detailed annotations that reveal the author’s use of real people and places in Chicago and New York.More

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