Theory & Criticism

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  1. Book ImageBeowulf: A Verse Translation

    Seamus Heaney, Daniel Donoghue

    Winner of the Whitbread Prize, Seamus Heaney’s translation "accomplishes what before now had seemed impossible: a faithful rendering that is simultaneously an original and gripping poem in its own right" (New York Times Book Review).More

  2. Book ImageThe Bhagavad Gita

    Gavin Flood, Charles Martin

    “A true translation whose literary qualities make it stand out from the rest.”
    –Daniel Gold, Cornell University

    “Here’s a chance to rediscover The Bhagavad Gita in a translation that blends true scholarship with artistry.”
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  3. 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

  4. Book ImageBleak House

    Charles Dickens, George Ford, Sylvere Monod

    This authoritative text of Bleak House was the first to be established by a comparative study of all the surviving versions of Dickens’ novel, incorporating evidence from the original manuscript and corrected proofs.More

  5. Book ImageThe Blithedale Romance

    Nathaniel Hawthorne, Richard H. Millington

    New Edition

    This new Norton Critical Edition of Hawthorne’s innovative 1852 novel helps readers navigate and appreciate its elusive plot, powerful characters, and maddening narrator.More

  6. Book ImageBlood, Bread, and Poetry: Selected Prose 1979-1985

    Adrienne Rich

    That Adrienne Rich is a not only a major American poet but an incisive, compelling prose writer is made clear once again by this collection, in which she continues to explore the social and political context of her life and art.More

  7. Book ImageThe Book of Margery Kempe

    Margery Kempe, Lynn Staley

    The text presented here remains as faithful to the original Middle English as possible, without sounding archaic.More

  8. Book ImageThe Book of the Courtier

    Baldesar Castiglione, Charles S. Singleton, Daniel Javitch

    The Book of the Courtier (1528) is a series of fictional conversations by courtiers of the Duke of Urbino that takes place in 1507, while Castiglione was himself attaché to the Duke.More

  9. Book ImageBound to Please: An Extraordinary One-Volume Literary Education

    Michael Dirda

    "Michael Dirda may be as close to the ideal critic as we are likely to get."—Annie ProulxMore

  10. Book ImageThe Brothers Karamazov

    Fyodor Dostoevsky, Susan McReynolds

    Second Edition

    The Second Edition of the Norton Critical Edition of The Brothers Karamazov is based on a significantly revised translation by Susan McReynolds.More

  11. Book ImageByron's Poetry and Prose

    George Gordon Byron, Alice Levine

    Byron's Poetry and Prose presents an extensive selection of Byron's poetry, letters, and journal entries in chronological clusters, allowing readers to see the changes that took place in his writing in the context of the places he lived and his fame, exile, and travels.More

  12. Book ImageCandide

    Voltaire, Nicholas Cronk

    Third Edition

    Candide has been delighting readers since 1759 with its satiric wit, provocations, and warnings.More

  13. Book ImageCandor and Perversion: Literature, Education, and the Arts

    Roger Shattuck

    With Candor and Perversion, Roger Shattuck has written the most complete assessment of the poxes that threaten our Western literary heritage.More

  14. Book ImageCane

    Jean Toomer, Rudolph P. Byrd, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

    Second Edition

    A masterpiece of the Harlem Renaissance and a canonical work in both the American and the African American literary traditions, Cane is now available in a revised and expanded Norton Critical Edition.More

  15. Book ImageCastle Rackrent

    Maria Edgeworth, Ryan Twomey

    The only edition of this 1800 novel—widely regarded as the first historical novel—to include supporting materials on both the importance of Maria Edgeworth as a writer and the influence of contemporary history on this novel.More

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