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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $49.00
  • June 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-60281-4
  • 1472 pages
  • Volume(s): A
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

The Norton Anthology of World Literature

Fourth Edition


Volume(s): A

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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)


An unmatched value and an incomparable resource

The Fourth Edition of the most trusted and widely used anthology of world literature retains and expands the most popular works from the last edition, while refreshing the anthology with NEW selections and NEW translations of major works. As always, the Norton provides hundreds of literary selections, helpful apparatus, beautiful illustrations, and a robust suite of digital resources, all at an affordable price.


An abundant but compact library of world literature

The variety and scope of selections in the anthology make it the perfect text for many different courses and instructors. It’s also a text that students can keep on their bookshelves to read and enjoy throughout their academic career and beyond. The Fourth Edition maintains just the right balance between change and continuity. The editors have chosen NEW, distinguished translations and have also expanded the selections from some of the most popular works, but they have also left most of the highly praised work of the previous edition intact.

A resource that makes a challenging course easier to teach

We know that the world literature survey is a difficult course to teach, perhaps more so than any other literature course. The Norton Anthology has long provided a wealth of resources—both in the anthology itself and in support materials—to help you plan and manage an engaging and dynamic course. In addition to the distinctive Norton Anthology editorial apparatus that instructors have trusted for decades, the Fourth Edition now offers an improved and expanded menu of instructional materials through the NEW Interactive Instructor’s Guide. This searchable and sortable site puts thousands of resources at your fingertips.

Student resources that help increase confidence and competence

We often hear that students in world literature courses can be intimidated by the material. The introductions, annotations, and other features in the Fourth Edition continue to set the standard for editorial help that is just right for undergraduate readers.


 In addition, the tools available on our Student Website will help students overcome their anxieties and read the literature with pleasure, interest, and confidence. 

The best value

Choose from hundreds of selections—judiciously annotated to facilitate student understanding. Teach carefully curated translations that bring the works to vibrant life. Enjoy a wealth of instructor resources that make course prep easier than ever. It’s all here at an unbeatable value.

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