The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces
These texts have been selected and prepared by expert scholars and translators who are also committed undergraduate teachers. Like all Norton Anthologies, the Expanded Edition in One Volume of The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces is foremost a teaching anthology, edited to meet the needs of today's students discovering a range of literary traditions for the first tim...more
I became well acquainted with about half the book -- the scattered half the professor for whom I TA-ed this semester included in her syllabus. I remain unconvinced that any single-volume anthology can claim to adequately represent the whole world's literature, and there are particular texts whose omission in this volume shock me (where's Ma ...more
It took me several months to get through the anthology, cover-to-cover, and I never read for more than an hour at a time, and I let the stories and the novels and the poems and the plays sink in -- this is a new way of reading for me, as I would previous ...more
I own several anthologies for my private library, salvaged from college book sales over the years, and this is definitely one of my favorites. The world literature selections presented here really are from all over the world, and not are predominantly "western" writings. There's quite a bit of material that I haven't seen elsewhere (ancient Egyptian love songs, for example) and the translations are fluid and easy to read. I recomm ...more
From Beginnings - AD 100:
Gilgamesh, Ancient Egyptian poetry, selections from The Old Testament from the ...more
A favorite was The Shakuntala or the ring of remembrance a play by Kalidasa (Translated) which we read aloud in class. I would LOVE to see it onstage and done with just a touch of humor...
If every Literature class was as inspiring as that one was, I'd have been an English major!