The Norton Reader: An Anthology of Nonfiction / Edition 13

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The classic among essay readers.The Norton Reader has introduced millions of writing students to the essay as a genre. First published in 1965, it is still the best-selling thematic reader—and the only thematic reader that also supports a genre-based approach. The Thirteenth Edition introduces a new generation of editors, almost 50 new essays, and a unique new website that allows readers to sort and search for readings by theme, genre, mode, keyword, and more.
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Editorial Reviews

Alan Ainsworth
“We chose The Norton Reader for the breadth and excellence of its readings—and for the way those readings foster critical thinking and thoughtful writing. It's a book that prompts both instructors and students to think about many of the most important questions being discussed across the academy today. And it gives our very diverse faculty plenty of choice at a reasonable price.”
Allston James
“Still sets the standard.”
Linda Goldberg
“The depth, selection, and range of choices in The Norton Reader are exhilarating. I often feel like I am in a candy store and have to make very difficult choices from all the goodies.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393912180
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Edition description: Thirteenth Edition
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 1280
  • Sales rank: 17,879
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Peterson (Ph.D., Brown University), General Editor, is a professor of English at Yale University and has published widely on nonfiction prose, notably women’s autobiography and Victorian narrative. She has been co-director of the Bass Writing Program at Yale since 1979 and has served as president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators.

John Brereton (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is a Professor of English, Emeritus, at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Previously he served as Executive Director of the Calderwood Writing Initiative at the Boston Athenæum. He has taught writing at Harvard University, Wayne State University, Brandeis University, and the City University of New York. His scholarship focuses on the history of teaching English literature and composition.

Joseph Bizup (Ph.D., Indiana University) is an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Arts and Sciences Writing Program at Boston University. He previously taught and directed writing programs at Yale University and Columbia University. His scholarly interests include nineteenth-century literature, especially nonfiction prose; and writing studies, especially genre, style, and argumentation.

Anne Fernald (Ph.D., Yale University) is an Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies at Fordham University, where she directs the first-year writing program at the Lincoln Center campus. She is the author of Virginia Woolf: Feminism and the Reader (Palgrave 2006) and is currently at work on the Cambridge University Press edition of Mrs. Dalloway. Her personal blog is Fernham.

Melisa Goldthwaite (Ph.D., The Ohio State University), Professor of English at Saint Joseph's University, teaches creative writing and rhetorical theory. Her books include The Norton Pocketbook of Writing by Students, Surveying the Literary Landscapes of Terry Tempest Williams (University of Utah Press, 2003), and The St. Martin's Guide to Teaching Writing (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003 and 2007).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    I must agree with Anonymous who posted on September , 2013. Thi

    I must agree with Anonymous who posted on September , 2013. This compilation is nothing more than far-left progressive/liberal propaganda that is designed to brainwash young college students. The only reason I actually paid for this book was because my ultra-liberal english teacher required it for my class. I'm giving one star because they won't let me give zero.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    What is anonymous above me talking about. Wrong book sir!

    What is anonymous above me talking about. Wrong book sir!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    I understand that politics present important debates, and I beli

    I understand that politics present important debates, and I believe that both sides provide reasonable facts and ideals in how policies and new laws should be written. As a result, I feel it's necessary for everyone to fully hear out both sides of every issue before drawing a conclusion one way or another. Thus, I completely disagree with college professors (and authors of college texts) teaching with such an extreme bias to try to pull as many gullible students to one party or another. This practice does nothing to teach students to think for themselves, which (in my opinion) is one of the primary reasons for attending college, to become free thinkers.

    This text has, by far, the most extreme bias of any book, news network, or radio station that I have ever read, watched, or listened to. The book is more biased than Rush Limbaugh, Chris Matthews, CNN, and Fox News combined. At least these sources allow the occasional listener or viewer to express an opinion to the contrary every now and again. This book is full of nothing but essays and comments supporting far left ideals without so much as a mention of an essay, author, or simple thought of seeing an issue from a different perspective.
    The only problem I'm having is deciding whether this is the worst example of an English text I have ever seen, or the best example of propaganda. A little of both, I suppose.

    (For the record, no, I'm not republican or democrat, I'm libertarian. Unlike the extreme left or right, I believe in unbiased research before drawing conclusions or reaching decisions in general)

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