Theory & Criticism

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  1. Book ImageThe Scarlet Letter and Other Writings

    Nathaniel Hawthorne, Leland S. Person

    Second Edition

    This perennially popular Norton Critical Edition has been revised to reflect the most current scholarly approaches to The Scarlet Letter—Hawthorne’s most widely read novel—as well as to the five short prose works—“Mrs. Hutchinson,” “Endicott and the Red Cross,” “Young Goodman Brown,” “The Minister’s Black Veil,” and “The Birth-mark”—that closely relate to the 1850 novel.More

  2. Book ImagePierre: Or, The Ambiguities

    Herman Melville, Robert S. Levine, Cindy Weinstein

    When Pierre was published one year after Moby-Dick, expectations were high. Readers expected—and Melville delivered—adventure, humor, and brilliance. Magnificent and strange, Pierre is a richly allusive novel mirroring both antebellum America and Melville’s own life.More

  3. Book ImageThe Classic Fairy Tales

    Maria Tatar

    Second Edition

    “I have used this textbook for four courses on children’s literature with enrollments of over ninety students. It is without doubt the most well organized selection of literary fairy tales and critical commentaries currently available. Students love it.”
    —Lita Barrie, California State University, Los AngelesMore

  4. Book ImageTwelve Years a Slave

    Solomon Northup, Kevin M. Burke, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

    This Norton Critical Edition of Solomon Northup’s harrowing autobiography is based on the 1853 first edition. It is accompanied by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kevin Burke’s introduction and detailed explanatory footnotes.More

  5. Book ImageOthello

    William Shakespeare, Edward Pechter

    Second Edition

    “I wanted an edition of Othello that had the necessary footnotes, background material, and a good selection of recent critical articles that would be accessible to students and would spark class discussions. This was it.”
    —Deborah Montuori, Shippensburg UniversityMore

  6. Book ImageOne Toss of the Dice: The Incredible Story of How a Poem Made Us Modern

    R. Howard Bloch

    In the tradition of The Swerve comes this thrilling, detective-like work of literary history that reveals how a poem created the world we live in today.More

  7. Book ImageThe Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad, Richard Niland

    “[A] masterly study of the inner workings of the disordered minds whose aim is destruction, violence, and the overturning of law and order by means of bombs.” —The (London) Observer (1907)More

  8. Book ImageRomeo and Juliet

    William Shakespeare, Gordon McMullan

    This much-anticipated Norton Critical Edition of Shakespeare’s best-known play is based on the Second Quarto, widely agreed to be the most authoritative early text.More

  9. Book ImageSouth Toward Home: Travels in Southern Literature

    Margaret Eby

    “Well-informed and lively. . . . This young author is unafraid to hunt big game.”—Howell Raines, New York TimesMore

  10. Book ImageJoy Ride: Show People and Their Shows

    John Lahr

    “Lahr creates a book worthy of its title: It is a living celebration of theater itself.”—Caryn James, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  11. Book ImageQuixote: The Novel and the World

    Ilan Stavans

    A groundbreaking cultural history of the most influential, most frequently translated, and most imitated novel in the world.More

  12. Book ImageHeart of Darkness

    Joseph Conrad, Paul B. Armstrong

    Fifth Edition

    “This is the best Norton Critical Edition yet! All my students have become intensely interested in reading Conrad—largely because of this excellent work.” —Elise F. Knapp, Western Connecticut State UniversityMore

  13. Book ImageNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass, William L. Andrews, William S. McFeely

    Second Edition

    This revision of the acclaimed and widely assigned Norton Critical Edition of Frederick Douglass’s great autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself includes key examples of literary and cultural analyses that have engaged scholars over the last three decades.More

  14. Book ImageGuy de Maupassant's Selected Works

    Guy de Maupassant, Robert Lethbridge, Sandra Smith

    “Smith successfully captures Maupassant’s depiction of nineteenth-century French culture using terminology that allows these wonderful texts to reach a fresh generation of readers. A solid translation of some wonderful short stories.”
    —Library Journal
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  15. Book ImageHard Times

    Charles Dickens, Fred Kaplan

    Fourth Edition

    “An excellent collection of critical and social commentary that will help to make Dickens’ image of Victorian England meaningful to all students.” —John Howard Wilson, Dakota Wesleyan UniversityMore

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