Synopses & Reviews
A legendary bestseller for more than forty years, this is the classic survey to the field from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century.
With 274 authors, the Eighth Edition deepens its representation of essential works in all genres, ranging from Seamas Heaney's award-winning translation of Beowulf, Milton's Paradise Lost, and More's Utopia to the great poets and prose writers of the nineteenth centuryBlake and Austen, Wordsworth and Byron, Tennyson and Barrett Browningto twentieth-century classics of a truly global English literatureConrad's Heart of Darkness, Woolf's A Room of One's Own, Achebe's Things Fall Apart, and Friel's Translations, to name but a few. Color platesover 75 in alland thematic clusters of brief and historically significant texts bring to life the cultural concerns of each period. Concise glosses and annotations, period introductions, biographical headnotes, timelines, and selected bibliographies help readers understand and enjoy the rich diversity of English literature.
Firmly grounded by the hallmark strengths of all Norton Anthologies--thorough and helpful introductory matter, judicious annotation, complete texts wherever possible-- has been revitalized in this Eighth Edition through the collaboration between six new editors and six seasoned ones. Under the direction of Stephen Greenblatt, General Editor, the editors have reconsidered all aspects of the anthology to make it an even better teaching tool.
Firmly grounded by the hallmark strengths of all Norton Anthologies'"thorough and helpful introductory matter, judicious annotation, complete texts wherever possible'"The Norton Anthology of English Literaturehas been revitalized in this Eighth Edition through the collaboration between six new editors and six seasoned ones. Under the direction of Stephen Greenblatt, General Editor, the editors have reconsidered all aspects of the anthology to make it an even better teaching tool.
Read by millions of students over seven editions, remains the most trusted undergraduate survey of English literature available and one of the most successful college texts ever published.
About the Author
Stephen Greenblatt (Ph.D. Yale) is Cogan University Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University. Also General Editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Eighth Edition, he is the author of nine books, including Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare; Hamlet in Purgatory; Practicing New Historicism; Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World, andLearning to Curse: Essays in Early Modern Culture.He has edited six collections of criticism, is the co-author (with Charles Mee) of a play, Cardenio, and is a founding coeditor of the journal Representations. He honors include the MLA's James Russell Lowell Prize, for Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England, the Distinguished Humanist Award from the Mellon Foundation, the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.M. H. Abrams(Founding Editor Emeritus; Ph.D. Harvard) is Class of 1916 Professor of English, Emeritus at Cornell University. He received the Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Prize for The Mirror and the Lampand the MLA"s James Russell Lowell Prize for Natural Supernaturalism. He is also the author of The Milk of Paradise, A Glossary of Literary Terms, The Correspondent Breeze, and Doing Things with Texts. He is the recipient of Guggenheim, Ford Foundation, and Rockefeller Postwar fellowships, the Award in Humanistic Studies from the Academy of Arts and Sciences (1984), the Distinguished Scholar Award by the Keats-Shelley Society (1987), and the Award for Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1990). In 1999 The Mirror and the Lampwas ranked twenty-fifth among the Modern Library"s "100 best nonfiction books written in English during the twentieth century."Carol T. Christ(Ph.D. Yale) is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Berkeley, and President of Smith College. She is the author of The Finer Optic: The Aesthetic of Particularity and Victorian Poetryand Victorian and Modern Poeticsand editor of the Norton Critical Edition of The Mill on the Flossand, with John Jordan, Victorian Literature and the Victorian Visual Imagination. She is the recipient of an NEH Fellowship and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Deidre Shauna Lynchis Chancellor Jackman Professor and Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto. She is the author of The Economy of Character, which was awarded the MLA"s Prize for a First Book, and editor of Janeites: Austen"s Disciples and Devoteesand, with William B. Warner, Cultural Institutions of the Novel. She is also an editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Humanities Center and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, of the State University of New York Chancellor"s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and of the Northeast Association of Graduate Schools" Graduate Faculty Teaching Award.Jahan Ramazani(Ph.D. Yale and M.Phil. Oxford) is Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English at the University of Virginia, previously the Mayo NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is the author of Poetry of Mourning: The Modern Elegy from Hardy to Heaney, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Hybrid Muse: Postcolonial Poetry in Englishand Yeats and the Poetry of Death: Elegy, Self-Elegy, and the Sublime. He is coeditor of The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. Ramazani is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEH Fellowship, a Rhodes Scholarship, and MLA"s William Riley Parker Prize.Catherine Robson(Ph.D. Berkeley) is Associate Professor of English and Chancellor"s Fellow at the University of California, Davis, and a faculty member of the University of California Dickens Project. She is the author of Men in Wonderland: The Lost Girlhood of the Victorian Gentlemanand Heart Beats: Everyday Life and the Memorized Poem(forthcoming) and a recipient of NEH and Guggenheim fellowships.Jon Stallworthy(M.A. and B.Litt. Oxford) is Senior Research Fellow at Wolfson College of Oxford University, where he is also Professor of English Literature. He is also the former John Wendell Anderson Professor at Cornell, where he taught after a career at Oxford University Press. His biography of Wilfred Owen won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the W. H. Smith Literary Award, and the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His biography of Louis MacNeice won the Southern Arts Literary Prize. He is also the author of Rounding the Horn: Collected Poemsand Singing School: The Making of a Poetand he is the editor of the definitive edition of Wilfred Owen"s poetry, The Complete Poems and Fragments; The Penguin Book of Love Poetry; and The Oxford Book of War Poetry. Stallworthy has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature.Jack Stillinger(Ph.D. Harvard) is Center for Advanced Study Professor of English at the University of Illinois. He is the author of The Hoodwinking of Madeline and Other Essays on Keats"s Poems, The Texts of Keats"s Poems, the standard edition of The Poems of John Keats, Multiple Authorship and the Myth of Solitary Genius, Coleridge and Textual Instability, and Reading "The Eve of St. Agnes."He is the recipient of Guggenheim and Woodrow Wilson fellowships and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.