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  1. Book ImageThe Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

    James D. Watson, Gunther S. Stent

    Since its publication in 1968, The Double Helix has given countless readers a rare and exciting look at one highly significant piece of scientific research—Watson and Crick's race to discover the molecular structure of DNA. In this Norton Critical Edition, Watson's lively and irreverent account is placed in historical perspective by Gunther Stent's introduction and by retrospective views from two major figures in the adventure, Francis Crick and Linus Pauling, and by Rosalind Franklin's last student, Aaron Klug.More

  2. Book ImageThe Duchess of Malfi

    John Webster, Michael Neill

    The great English Renaissance tragedy—violent, powerful, unforgettable—in a freshly edited and annotated student edition.More

  3. Book ImageThe Time Machine

    H. G. Wells, Stephen Arata

    The Time Machine (1895) is H. G. Wells’s first published novel as well as his most enduring and influential work.More

  4. Book ImageThe Importance of Being Earnest

    Oscar Wilde, Michael Patrick Gillespie

    The text of this Norton Critical Edition of The Importance of Being Earnest is the established three-act version. Originally in four acts, Wilde shortened it to three at the urging of George Alexander, the owner of the St. James Theatre and first actor to play Jack Worthing. The play is accompanied by explanatory annotations and by an appendix of excised portions.More

  5. Book ImageThe Picture of Dorian Gray

    Oscar Wilde, Michael Patrick Gillespie

    Second Edition

    As featured on PBS’s The Great American Read

    This Norton Critical Edition is the only edition available that includes both the 1890 Lippincott’s and the 1891 book versions of The Picture of Dorian Gray, allowing students to compare the two published versions with the editorial guidance of Michael Patrick Gillespie.

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  6. Book ImageA Vindication of the Rights of Woman

    Mary Wollstonecraft, Deidre Shauna Lynch

    Third Edition

    Arguably the most original book of the eighteenth century, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is a pioneering feminist work.More

  7. 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

  8. Book ImageThe Prelude: 1799, 1805, 1850

    William Wordsworth, M. H. Abrams, Stephen Gill, Et Al.

    This volume is the first to present Wordsworth's great poem in all three of its forms. It reprints, on facing pages, the version of The Prelude that was completed in 1805, together with the much-revised work published after the poets death in 1850. In addition, the editors include the two-part version of the poem, composed in 1798-99. Each of these poems possesses distinctive qualities and values; to read them together provides an incomparable chance to observe a great poet composing and re-composing, throughout a long life, his major work.More

  9. Book ImageWordsworth's Poetry and Prose

    William Wordsworth, Nicholas Halmi

    The most accessible edition of Wordsworth’s poetry and prose, prepared to meet the needs of both students and scholars.More

  10. Book ImageYeats's Poetry, Drama, and Prose

    William Butler Yeats, James Pethica

    This brand new collection, impeccably edited by James Pethica, presents a comprehensive selection of Yeats's major contributions in poetry, drama, prose fiction, autobiography, and criticism.More

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