Theory & Criticism

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  1. Book ImageCharlotte Temple

    Susanna Rowson, Marion L. Rust

    The best-selling Early American novel is now available in a Norton Critical Edition.More

  2. Book ImageChaucer's People: Everyday Lives in Medieval England

    Liza Picard

    The Middle Ages re-created through the cast of pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales.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 ImageA Clockwork Orange

    Anthony Burgess, Mark Rawlinson

    “A brilliant novel . . . a savage satire on the distortions of the single and collective minds.” —New York Times

    “Anthony Burgess has written what looks like a nasty little shocker, but is really that rare thing in English letters: a philosophical novel.” —TimeMore

  5. Book ImageCoined By God: Words and Phrases That First Appear in English Translations of the Bible

    Stan Malless, Jeff McQuain

    A word lover's delight: 150 entries, with meanings and sources, first published in English translations of the Bible.More

  6. Book ImageColeridge's Poetry and Prose

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Nicholas Halmi, Paul Magnuson, Et Al.

    Coleridge combined the genius of a poet with the mind of a philosophical critic.More

  7. Book ImageCommon Sense and Other Writings

    Thomas Paine, J. M. Opal

    Thomas Paine often declared himself a citizen of the world. This Norton Critical Edition presents Paine and his writing within the transatlantic and global context of the revolutionary ideas and actions of his time.More

  8. Book ImageThe Communist Manifesto

    Frederic L. Bender, Karl Marx

    Second Edition

    Karl Marx’s 1848 text is reframed in this revised Norton Critical Edition in the context of twenty-first-century theoretical debates, capitalist globalization, the information technology revolution, and contemporary struggles up to and including the 2011 “Arab Spring.”More

  9. 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

  10. Book ImageThe Conjure Stories

    Charles W. Chesnutt, Jennifer Rae Greeson, Robert B. Stepto

    Fourteen conjure tales by one of America’s most influential African American fiction writers.More

  11. Book ImageA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

    Mark Twain, Henry B. Wonham

    “An exciting new edition of a Twain text that raises important questions about modernity, technology, and progress. I especially welcome the inclusion of all of Dan Beard’s original illustrations.”
    —BEVERLY LYON CLARK, Wheaton College
    “Artfully designed to make Mark Twain’s ‘most conceptually ambitious and most wildly problematic novel’ accessible to today’s reader.”

    —THOMAS COOLEY, The Ohio State University
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  12. Book ImageThe Consolation of Philosophy

    Boethius, Douglas C. Langston

    One of the most influential texts to come out of the late Middle Ages.More

  13. Book ImageConstance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist

    Anne Boyd Rioux

    "Biography at its best aims at resurrection. Anne Boyd Rioux has brought the novelist Constance Fenimore Woolson back to life for us. Hurrah!" —Robert D. Richardson, author of the Bancroft Prize–winning William James: In the Maelstrom of American ModernismMore

  14. Book ImageThe Correspondent Breeze: Essays on English Romanticism

    M. H. Abrams, Jack Stillinger

    “[Abrams] can sum up whole epochs and genres with a telling phrase. . . .Admirably cogent and erudite throughout.” —Kirkus ReviewsMore

  15. Book ImageThe Correspondent Breeze: Essays on English Romanticism

    M. H. Abrams, Jack Stillinger

    The real test of Abram’s historical explanations is of course whether or not they “work” —whether, when we apply the criteria of correspondence and coherence (Just as in interpreting a poem), they “make sense” out of the particulars at hand and produce useful generalizations even in the face of competing historical interpretations. Abrams’ work continues to hold up. —Jack StillingerMore

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