Monday, December 21, 2009

The Norton Anthology of English Literature


The Norton Anthology
of English Literature


Sixth Edition, Vol. 1

W.W. Norton & Company (1993)
2,586 pages, $3.99


The Norton Anthology
of English Literature


Seventh Edition, Vol. 2

W.W. Norton & Company (2000)
2,963 pages, $3.99

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I need these two books, of course, like I need another hole in my head. But there they were, just two shelves down from An Island Garden Daybook, waiting for me in all their onion-skinned glory. And speaking of shelves, I found this one the same day for only $7.99. I tried the books on it while I was still in the store, and it’s really quite sturdy.


Update:
In the Forum: dark beer, cheeseburgers, real French fries, ice cream, & the opportunity to take a real long sleep.

12 comments:

Rocío Márquez said...

I don´t have good memories about this anthology... I had to study those pages (almost by heart) at the university, long time ago but it seems the "trauma" is still sooooooo alive ;)

William Michaelian said...

Ah.... School is funny that way.

Paul L. Martin said...

I still teach from one of the Norton Anthologies--the nonfiction reader. I have managed to squirrel away some examination copies of many of the others in the latest editions. Sorry, but I love them. I feel like I did as a small child when one of my aunts gave me my own box of home-made oatmeal cookies. I kept them under my bed and never shared. I am a selfish bastard. I do the same thing with the Nortons. It is an embarrassment of riches, I guess. In college, I could not afford to buy them for my classes, so poverty has made me, like so many others, a horder. So William, to me Christmas came early at your house, even though you had to pay 4 bucks each for them.

William Michaelian said...

Indeed, eight dollars isn’t much for 5,549 pages. While I know I won’t read them from cover to cover, I will read around in them, and it’s nice having reference material like this on hand.

Vern said...

I still have my Norton Anthology from university days... It's like an old friend; I drag it out occasionally and leaf through it until I find something I want to read... It's such a huge volume that any university course can only scratch the surface... leaving all kinds of hidden treasures for later.

William Michaelian said...

Exactly. I love opening books like this and reading something completely at random. It’s a great pleasure, and a great way to get the mind started in different directions.

Brent said...

Before I left the Homeland, I bought a Norton in a Seattle second-hand bookshop. Thirteen years later I'm been happily reading it. So happily that I just ordered its 1962 hardcover volume 2 companion. Granted, I was never told to read it or to buy it. My copy is a thick, pleasing book, with a distant mouldy smell to it. The Norton Anthology website is great too, but it doesn't smell at all.

William Michaelian said...

Ah, a man after my own heart. For me, the smell of books is part of their magic. And it’s been passed on, apparently, because everyone in our family sniffs the pages when they first open a book.

Chrees said...

Getting caught up on things after a week away...not sure if you've seen the link I have posted for the Norton Anthology topics online. I've only scanned a few of them...while the overviews may be short they sometimes have some fun links to follow. I have to credit Jorge Vargas J. for cluing me in to the site.

William Michaelian said...

Thanks. Wow — links upon links...

Author said...

I read them as my sophomore literature textbooks,'way back in 1962-63, and I loved them then, and I still do. They made me into a teacher of literature and an amateur poet. They are real classics, in the literal sense of the word. I wish Norton had kept to the format. i hope that everyone who gets hold of any of those editions treasures them as I do.

William Michaelian said...

Thank you. So do I. I feel that way about all of the books I bring home.