9th edition. Shorter Ninth
The Norton Anthology of American Literature includes more major works than any other anthology of American literature. The Ninth Edition offers 37 complete longer texts of which 2- Long Day's Journey into Night and A Streetcar Named Desire -are exclusives and 3-Nella Larsen's Passing , Abraham Cahan's Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto and Nathanael West's The Day of the Locust -are newly added.
NEW SELECTIONS, HIGHLIGHTED BY 8 NEW CONTEMPORARY WRITERS
The Ninth Edition introduces 13 new authors, among them 8 contemporary writers-Lydia Davis, George Saunders, Don DeLillo, Philip K. Dick, Tracy K. Smith, Edward P. Jones, Frank Bidart and Natasha Trethewey-as well as classic writers like Constance Fenimore Woolson, Patricia Highsmith, Nathanael West, John Rollin Ridge and Thomas Harriot. Selections for a host of frequently assigned authors-Hawthorne, Irving, Poe, Melville, Dickinson, Twain, Chesnutt, Du Bois, Hurston, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Kerouac and many others-have been revised and refreshed in light of instructors' requests.
FIVE NEW LECTURE-LENGTH CONTEXTUAL CLUSTERS
Designed to be teachable in a class period or two, these groupings of short texts focus on cultural issues and literary forms and movements. New clusters include "Science and Technology in the Pre-Civil War Nation", "Becoming an American in the Gilded Age", "Voices of Native America", "Varieties of Religious Experience" and "Ethnographic and Naturalist Writings".
THE APPARATUS YOU TRUST-EXTENSIVELY REVISED FOR CONTEMPORARY STUDENTS
Under the direction of new General Editor Robert Levine, the editors have made root-and-branch improvements to apparatus across the volumes to reflect both new scholarship and changing classroom interests. Period introductions and many headnotes have been extensively revised; hundreds of annotations and glosses fine-tuned; and bibliographies carefully updated.