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  • Hardcover
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $50.00
  • August 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-61644-6
  • 672 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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The Norton Sampler

Short Essays for Composition

High School Ninth Edition


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Thomas Cooley (Editor, Ohio State University)


Short essays with just enough writing instruction.

A trusted and engaging collection of 65 short essays, both classic and contemporary. All are arranged by rhetorical pattern, with practical instruction on how to write an essay. The Ninth Edition has a brand-new design, 22 NEW readings, a NEW chapter on the elements of the essay, and the most easy-to-use organization of any reader of its kind.


Short readings—classic and contemporary—by diverse writers

We’ve kept readers’ favorite essays and added 22 (NEW) selections for a perfect blend of classic and contemporary essays that are diverse in subject and perspective. 

A NEW chapter on the elements of the essay

A new chapter, “Topic, Thesis, and Other Elements of the Essay” continues the book’s tradition of offering the most practical and helpful writing instruction. For example, students learn how tone and style are related to audience and purpose, and how to achieve more unity in their writing. 

The most user-friendly, short-essay reader

Marginal links, easily assignable chapters, a thematic table of contents, and a glossary/index make The Norton Sampler easy to use and easy to teach.  

Guidance for reading and writing in every chapter and online

Careful study questions, glosses of unfamiliar terms and allusions, templates to help students get started writing, and grammar tips for each pattern allow for the most practical writing instruction of any short-essay reader, especially for students whose primary language is not English.  

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