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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $69.00
  • September 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-26451-7
  • Volume(s): Two-Volume Set
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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The Norton Anthology of American Literature

Shorter Ninth Edition


Volume(s): Two-Volume Set

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Robert S. Levine (General Editor, University of Maryland, College Park)


A responsive, refreshed, and media-rich revision of the market-leading anthology

The most trusted anthology for complete works, balanced selections, and helpful editorial apparatus, The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Shorter Ninth Edition, features a cover-to-cover revision. General Editor Robert Levine and the four period editors—three of whom are new to the team—have reenergized the anthology. Fresh scholarship, NEW authors and topical clusters, a NEW ebook, and an enriched instructor site make the Norton Anthology an even better teaching tool for instructors and an unmatched value for students.


16 Complete Longer Works

Concerned about the cost of assigning individual longer works? The Norton includes 16 complete longer texts, 2 entirely NEW—Charles Brockden Brown’s Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist and James Baldwin’s Sonny’s Blues—and 2 exclusive to the Norton (Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night and Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire). 

9 lecture-length contextual clusters

Designed to be teachable in a class period or two, these thematic groupings of short texts focus on cultural issues and literary forms and movements. The Shorter Ninth Edition strengthens this popular feature with 3 (NEW) contextual clusters and revisions to several others. 

NEW selections across the periods, highlighted by 4 NEW contemporary writers

The Shorter Ninth Edition introduces 6 (NEW) authors, among them 3 contemporary writers—George Saunders, Don DeLillo, and Natasha Trethewey—as well as classic writers Emma Lazarus, Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, and Patricia Highsmith. At the same time, selections for a host of frequently assigned authors have also been revised and refreshed. 

Helpful resources for students and instructors

Norton offers more student review and instructor presentation materials than any other American literature anthology, all at no additional cost. 

The apparatus you trust—extensively rethought for today’s students

For over 50 years, the Norton Anthologies have set the standard for editorial help that is right for undergraduates. In the Shorter Ninth Edition, the editors have refreshed the apparatus to reflect both new scholarship and changing classroom interests. Introductions and headnotes have been revised, hundreds of annotations and glosses fine-tuned, and bibliographies carefully updated—all with the goal of helping students better understand the text, without telling them what to think.

Unbeatable value: The flexibility you need and the Norton quality you expect

Flexible formats and package options make the anthology’s value truly unbeatable. Offer students the anthology as an ebook for just a fraction of the print price, or package the ebook with the print text for free.

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