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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

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Paperback, 2256 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published April 28th 1965)
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Dusty
Dec 01, 2009 Dusty rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dusty by: Elizabeth Richmond-Garza
Of course, I did not read the entire 3000+ pages in this anthology, which literally spans the more than two millennia between Gilgamesh and Things Fall Apart.

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
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Rock
I did not buy this book. I found it from a personal library of college textbooks, and I picked it up and decided to read it. Not knowing how much a work like this is "worth", I can't recommend it to buy, but I can definitely recommend it to read.

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
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Ana Mardoll
The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces: Vol. 1 / 0-393-96346-2

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
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Krista
So, here's how it happened. You know how there's all the coverage of Hillary-supporters-turned-McCain-supporters? Well, I read some interesting feminist commentary on the issue, and the media coverage thereof, which made me nostalgic for all of those fantastic, tragic, bat$hit crazy female characters I read/loved in college. So, needless to say, I started to crave Medea. One thing lead to another, and I dusted off the old Norton Anthology. Just reading the table of contents brought back a flood ...more
Jordan
Sep 16, 2007 Jordan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of world lit, those who want to explore other culture's writing
Shelves: literature, poetry
This was my text book for a class at LVC and all the selections we explored were not only amazing writing, but historically significant as well. You can see what life was like at the time of each selection's writing as well as the impact it has had since then. I highly recommend this book to everyone who can read because it will open up new worlds and new ways of thinking.

Selections include:
From Beginnings - AD 100:
Gilgamesh, Ancient Egyptian poetry, selections from The Old Testament from the
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Debbie  Dourte
This was the required text for World Lit, and I LOVED it. We didn't read ALL of the selections but had lively discussions about the ones chosen.

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!
Shari
This is one of the most helpful textbooks I had in college. The collection of stories and poems are wonderful and carefully selected with good introductions. Hard to carry around, though. (It must have weighed a kilo!) But it's a good reference book that I still keep to this day and read once in a while.
Larry Kenney
My English teacher in High School gave me this book to read Dante's Inferno. To this day, that's still one of my favorite reads. What makes this particular version really good is the footnotes. They explain who the people that are in the story are, and why the author would place them there.
Erin
LONG LONG LONG book but well worth reading cover to cover. Most literature textbooks have some great pieces and some that are included gratuitously, but this one is decent.
Julie
I think I read almost this entire book! It's an amazing collection of the best authors from Chaucer to Plato to Hugo. A great book to have on hand.
RJ
The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces, One Volume, Expanded Edition by Maynard Mack (1997)
Dana
Reading for a class and really enjoying the selections so far.
Lauren
Amazing collection!
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