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.
'Read by millions of students over seven editions, The Norton Anthology of English Literatureremains the most trusted undergraduate survey of English literature available and one of the most successful college texts ever published. 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.'
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.Alfred David(Ph.D. Harvard) is Professor of English Emeritus at Indiana University. He is the author of The Strumpet Muse: Art and Morals in Chaucer"s Poetry, and editor of the "Romaunt of the Rose" in The Riverside Chaucerand, with George B. Pace, "Chaucer"s Minor Poems I" in The Variorum Chaucer. He is the recipient of a Sheldon Travelling Fellowship and Guggenheim and Fulbright Research fellowships and past president of the New Chaucer Society.
Barbara K. Lewalski(Ph.D. Chicago) is William R. Kenan Professor of English and of History and Literature at Harvard University. She is the recipient of the MLA"s James Russell Lowell Prize for Protestant Poetics and the Seventeenth-Century Religious Lyricand the Explicator Prize for Donne"s Anniversariesand the Poetry of Praise. Her other books include Paradise Lost and the Rhetoric of Literary Forms, Writing Women in Jacobean England, Milton: A Critical Biography, and The Polemics and Poems of Rachel Speght(editor). Lewalski is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEH Senior fellowships and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Honored Scholar of the Milton Society.Lawrence Lipking(Ph.D. Cornell) is Professor of English and Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities at Northwestern University. He received the Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Prize for The Life of the Poet. He is also the author of The Ordering of the Arts in Eighteenth-Century England, Abandoned Women and Poetic Tradition, and Samuel Johnson: The Life of an Authorand editor of High Romantic Argument. Lipking is the recipient of Guggenheim, ACLS, Newberry Library, Wilson International Center for Scholars, and NEH Senior fellowships and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.George M. Logan(Ph.D. Harvard) is James Cappon Professor of English at Queen"s University, Canada, where he is former head of the English Department and winner of the W. J. Barnes Teaching Excellence Award. He is the author of The Meaning of More"s Utopiaand principal editor of the standard edition of Utopia, editor of More"s History of King Richard the Third, and coeditor of Unfolded Tales: Essays on Renaissance Romance.Katharine Eisaman Maus(Ph.D. Johns Hopkins) is James Branch Cabell Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She received the Roland Bainton Book Prize for Inwardness and Theater in the English Renaissance. She is also the author of Ben Jonson and the Roman Frame of Mind; editor of a volume of Renaissance revenge tragedies; and coeditor of English Renaissance Drama: A Norton Anthology, The Norton Anthology of English Literature, and a collection of criticism on seventeenth-century English poetry. She is a recipient of Guggenheim, NEH, ACLS, and Leverhulme fellowships.James Noggle(Ph.D. Berkeley) is Associate Professor of English and Whitehead Associate Professor of Critical Thought at Wellesley College. He is the author of The Skeptical Sublime: Aesthetic Ideology in Pope and the Tory Satiristsand is at work on a study of taste and temporality in eighteenth-century British discourse. He is the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the American Philosophical Society.James Simpson(Ph.D. Cambridge) is Professor of English and American Literature at Harvard University and former Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at the University of Cambridge. An Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, he is the author of Piers Plowman: An Introduction to the B-Text, Sciences and the Self in Medieval Poetry, and Reform and Cultural Revolution, 1350'"1547, Volume 2 of The Oxford English Literary History.