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  • Forthcoming: August 2019
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93691-9
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The Prince

A Norton Critical Edition

Norton Critical Editions

Third Edition


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Niccolò Machiavelli (Author), Wayne A. Rebhorn (Editor, University of Texas at Austin)


“A highly-readable translation and very inclusive selection of critical responses, making this the best edition of the text for an undergraduate readership.”  —Christian M. Billing, University of Hull  

“It is quite thorough for one semester, and bears up well for ongoing study. This is a very well-thought-out concept for such a seminal work.  It more than meets the requirements for my upper-level undergraduate courses.”  —Jeff Steele, Principia College

This Norton Critical Edition includes:
• Wayne A. Rebhorn’s thorough and thought-provoking introduction to Machiavelli, his world, and his famous political treatise (1513).
• An accurate and highly readable translation, detailed explanatory annotations, and a map of North Central Italy in Machiavelli’s time.
• A judicious selection of Machiavelli’s other writings that inform his immense influence as a diplomat, democrat, and correspondent.
• Twelve interpretive essays from American and European sources, eleven of them new to the Third Edition.
• A selected bibliography and an index.

About the Series

Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.



The canonical Robert M. Adams translation of The Prince has been revised by award-winning translator Wayne A. Rebhorn to keep this treatise thoroughly readable and true to Machiavelli’s text. The legation to Cesare Borgia and Machiavelli’s letters have been translated anew for this edition.



A full introduction to the politics of the Italian Renaissance era, a family tree depicting the relations of the powerful Medicis, a chronology of Machiavelli’s life, and a list of popes plus a map of North Central Italy in Machiavelli’s time all help contextualize The Prince.



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