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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $68.00
  • December 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-91962-2
  • 3600 pages
  • Volume(s): Two-Volume Set
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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Martin Puchner (General Editor, Harvard University), Suzanne Conklin Akbari (Editor, University of Toronto), Wiebke Denecke (Editor, Boston University), Vinay Dharwadker (Editor, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Barbara Fuchs (Editor, University of California-Los Angeles), Caroline Levine (Editor, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Pericles Lewis (Editor, Yale University), Emily Wilson (Editor, University of Pennsylvania)


The most-trusted and most-respected text in its field is now brand-new in all the best ways.

Read by millions of students since its first publication, The Norton Anthology of World Literature remains the most-trusted anthology of world literature available. Guided by the advice of more than 500 teachers of world literature and a panel of regional specialists, the editors of the Shorter Third Edition—a completely new team of scholar-teachers—have made this respected text brand-new in all the best ways. Dozens of new selections and translations, all-new introductions and headnotes, hundreds of new illustrations, redesigned maps and timelines, and a wealth of media resources all add up to the most exciting, accessible, and teachable version of “the Norton” ever published.


A new editorial team; an extensive advisory board

Led by Martin Puchner of Harvard University, the new editors of the Shorter Third Edition are experienced classroom teachers as well as accomplished scholars. For help in selecting the best texts and translations and revising the editorial apparatus for the twenty-first-century classroom, the editors solicited the advice of more than 500 world literature instructors and expert counsel from a world-class team of regional specialists. The result is an anthology that a scholar can respect, that a teacher can assign with confidence, and that students can read and study with pleasure. 

New selections and translations

Dozens of works and translations are new to the Shorter Third Edition. Every section of the anthology contains new and interesting selections, while retaining the most-often-taught works from editions past. New translations have been chosen wherever doing so might bring the work to more vibrant life for students or make teaching the work easier for instructors. 

An exciting, global cavalcade of twentieth-century authors

New to the anthology’s twentieth-century sections are authors from around the world: Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Constantine Cavafy, Octavio Paz, Paul Celan, Sadat Hasan Manto, James Baldwin, Mahmoud Darwish, Seamus Heaney, V. S. Naipul, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Bessie Head, Salman Rushdie, Jamaica Kincaid, Hanan Al-Shaykh, Isabel Allende, Zhu Tianxin, and J. M. Coetzee. This roster of writers joins an already wide-ranging selection, making the Shorter Third Edition’s twentieth-century selection unmistakably global. 

Apparatus you trust, revised for today’s students

Based on the editors’ own teaching experience and at the urging of hundreds of world literature instructors, all of the anthology’s editorial support has been rebuilt from the ground up. Every introduction and headnote has been newly written to be more direct, accessible, and easy to navigate. 

A redrawn map program and redesigned timelines

All 28 maps in the anthology are new and are integrated into the introductions so that they can be referenced in context. The timelines have been gathered into a single, attractively designed feature at the back of each volume. 

Over 250 illustrations throughout the book

Every part introduction is now illustrated to provide visual context and interest, and parts now open with large, full-page illustrations, allowing an instructor or a student to quickly find the major divisions of the anthology. Four-color inserts in each volume focus on a single but wide-ranging theme—texts and textuality—that brings to life the colorful history of writing, manuscript illumination, and the materiality of literature. 

Supporting resources for instructors and students

A new Instructor’s Resource Folder includes a disc featuring lecture PowerPoints and images from the text and a DVD with video clips that allow instructors to enhance their lectures with some of the sights and sounds of world literature. The Instructor’s Guide has been revised to include more focused teaching plans and resources. StudySpace, the free and open student website, provides a wealth of resources for students—from audio pronounciation guides to review materials and quizzes, interactive maps, and more. A new "Literary Places" feature uses Google Tours tools to offer students a practical way to (virtually) visit the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, the Acropolis of Athens, and other world literature landmarks.  

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