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The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume 2: The Romantic Period Through the Twentieth Century [Paperback]

Stephen J. Greenblatt


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Jan. 4 2006 0393925323 978-0393925326 8th Revised edition
A best-seller for more than forty years, this is the survey of English literature 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 Seamus Heaney's translation of "Beowulf" to global twentieth-century classics. Over 75 colour plates and 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.

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  • Paperback: 2877 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 8th Revised edition edition (Jan. 4 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393925323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393925326
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 14.5 x 6.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #249,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent anthology of canonical British lit Jan. 1 2010
By SlimePrincess - Published on Amazon.com
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This anthology has almost everything that an English major could desire to read of British literature from the 18th to 20th century. I think the editors at Norton did a very good job of choosing what to include in this volume. Everything you'd expect to see is here (Wordsworth, Tennyson, Wilde, Shelley, etc.) and some additional lesser-known works round out this anthology. It is an indispensable resource for passionate undergrads and grad students.

The typeface is small, the pages are translucently thin, and the book is very heavy. These are all drawbacks to this text, but I believe it's worth it for the tremendous amount and variety of material it contains.

If you plan to keep this book for a long time (and not just use it for one semester), I highly recommend getting the hardcover edition. Considering how heavy and fat the book is, the paperback is very flimsy. Also, if this is a required text for one class and you're pretty sure you'll never need it again afterward, don't buy it. Much of the material in this book is public domain and can be found online for free.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here are English Lit's Greatest Hits (but you'll want to buy the albums) May 25 2012
By G. Mesick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Criticize the Norton if you dare. For value in teaching (and studying) a survey course, there just isn't anything better. And I think their passages from longer works are generally right on the money.

The thing I have realized after a lifetime of reading is that these are the passages that stick after you have read everything else. But to make them stick, you really have to have read everything else. Otherwise, it's overwhelming. Still, in a single volume, Norton is peerless.

The only problem is that, without the context of the larger work, the passages sometimes don't make sense. Still, this is it. The required reading, in condensed form.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to navigate Dec 12 2012
By oldgregg - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a textbook I kept after college. I had to purchase it for a literature class and ended reading unassigned works because there are so many works packed into one book. This is the perfect book for class and I was able to stick tabs on the pages without them tearing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Norton Anthology Nov. 20 2012
By Gene - Published on Amazon.com
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The Norton Anthology is a fine addition to anyone who needs a perspective on English literature. I purchased a soft cover Eighth Edition (used) at a great price. It has everything the a general reader and lover of English lit could want and more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome baby! Oct. 9 2011
By momma dog - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want to be introduced to British literature from 1750 to 1930, this is the book for you! All of the major writers are covered, with their best work featured.
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