The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors
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Beginning with Seamus Heaney's brilliant new translation of Beowulf, and continuing through ten centuries of remarkable literature to the contemporary works of Derek Walcott, J. M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, and Salman Rushdie, the new Major Authors edition is a library between two covers -- an indispensable addition to the family bookshelf.
Paperback, 7th, 2870 pages
Published December 28th 2000 by W.W. Norton & Co Inc. (first published 1962)
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This is one of those big, clunky things you find in your parent's castaway bookshelf when you're 15 and, if you're impetuous enough, you start to get deeper and deeper into until you're up over your head in some of the most powerful works ever known to man.

This is one of the treetrunk books of my life- (most) of the branches come out from this root.

The footnotes and explanatory stuff pretty much made everything come alive for me, whetting my appetite for going out and getting my hands on the Ro...more
Anne
A more constrained (and therefore more limited) collection than the full two volume Norton Anthology of English Literature, this was the second volume Denison asked me to purchase -- rather than selecting Volume 2 of the full anthology, so my bookshelf is forever bereft a copy of "Norton Anthology of English Literature, Fifth Edition, Volume 2". How sad.
Randy Hulshizer
I still wonder who makes the decisions about who the "major authors" are.
Sachin
A Fine selection with great introductions to the periods and the major authors!
Ashley
GRE review...mind-numbingly helpful
(I'm using the term "read" flexibly here.)
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Nov 28, 2007 Amanda Brass rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any lit lovers
suberb selection of short stories, essays, and poetry.
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Meyer Howard Abrams is an American literary critic, known for works on Romanticism, in particular his book The Mirror and the Lamp. In a powerful contrast, Abrams shows that until the Romantics, literature was usually understood as a mirror, reflecting the real world, in some kind of mimesis; but for the Romantics, writing was more like a lamp: the light of the writer's inner soul spilled out to i...more
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