Title The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 10/e
Subtitle The Major Authors, Volume: 1
Author Stephen Greenblatt
ISBN 9780393603088
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Publishing year 2018
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The Middle Ages (to ca. 1485)




Anglo-Saxon Literature


Bede (ca. 673–735) and Cædmon’s Hymn • An Ecclesiastical History of the English People • [The Story of Caedmon]


The Dream of the Rood




The Wanderer


The Wife’s Lament


Anglo-Norman Literature


Marie de france • Lanval • Chevrefoil


Thomas of England • Le Roman de Tristran [The Deaths of Tristran and Ysolt]



Middle English Literature in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries


Sir Gawain And The Green Knight (ca. 1375–1400)


Geoffrey Chaucer (ca. 1340–1400) • The Canterbury Tales • The General Prologue • Summary: The Knight’s Tale • The Miller’s Prologue and Tale • The Prologue • The Tale • The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale • The Prologue • The Tale • The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale • The Introduction • The Prologue • The Tale • The Epilogue • The Nun’s Priest’s Tale • [Close of Canterbury Tales] • Chaucer’s Retraction


Christ’s humanity


Julian of Norwich • A Book of Showings to the Anchoress Julian of Norwich • Chapter 5 [All Creation as a Hazelnut] • Chapter 7 [Christ as Homely and Courteous]


Margery Kempe • The Book of Margery Kempe • Book 1.35–36 [Margery’s Marriage to and Intimacy with Christ]


Mystery Plays • The Wakefeld Second Shepherds’ Play


Sir Thomas Malory (ca. 1405–1471) • Morte Darthur • [The Conspiracy against Lancelot and Guinevere] • [War Breaks Out between Arthur and Lancelot] • [The Death of Arthur] • [The Deaths of Lancelot and Guinevere]


The Sixteenth Century (1485–1603)




Richard Tottel (1528–1593) • Songs and Sonnets • The Printer to the Reader


Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder (1503–1542) • The long love that in my thought doth harbor • Petrarch, Rima 140 • Whoso list to hunt • Petrarch, Rima 190 • They fee from me • Stand whoso list


Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–1547) • Love, that doth reign and live within my thought


The English Bible • 1 Corinthians 13 • From Tyndale’s Translation • From The Geneva Bible • From The Douay-Rheims Version • From The Authorized (King James) Version


Elizabeth I (1533–1603) • The doubt of future foes • On Monsieur’s Departure • Verse Exchange between Elizabeth and Sir Walter Ralegh • Speech to the Troops at Tilbury • The “Golden Speech”


Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599) • The Faerie Queene • Book 1 • Canto 1 • Canto 2 • [Redcrosse Wins “Fidessa”] • Canto 3 Summary • Canto 4 • [The House of Pride] • Canto 5 Summary • Canto 6 Summary • Canto 7 and 8 Summary • From Canto 9 • From Canto 10 • Canto 11 • Canto 12 Summary • Book 2 • Summary • Canto 12 • [The Bower of Bliss] • Amoretti • Sonnet 1 • Sonnet 34 • Sonnet 54 • Sonnet 64 • Sonnet 67 • Sonnet 75 • Sonnet 79 • Epithalamion


Sir Walter Ralegh (1552–1618) • The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd • The History of the World • [Conclusion: On Death]


Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586) • Astrophil and Stella • 1 (“Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show”) • 2 (“Not at frst sight, nor with a dribbèd shot”) • 6 (“Some lovers speak, when they their muses entertain”) • 20 (“Fly, fy, my friends, I have my death-wound, fly”) • 28 (“You that with allegory’s curious frame”) • 31 (“With how sad steps, O Moon, thou climb’st the skies”) • 52 (“A strife is grown between Virtue and Love”) • 71 (“Who will in fairest book of Nature know”) • 72 (“Desire, though thou my old companion art”) • 74 (“I never drank of Aganippe well”) • (“When Sorrow [using mine own fre’s might]”)


Mary (Sidney) Herbert, Countess of Pembroke (1562–1621) • Psalm 52


Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593) • The Passionate Shepherd to His Love • Doctor Faustus


William Shakespeare (1564–1616) • Sonnets • 1 (“From fairest creatures we desire increase”) • 3 (“Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest”) • 12 (“When I do count the clock that tells the time”) • 15 (“When I consider every thing that grows”) • 18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”) • 19 (“Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion’s paws”) • 20 (“A woman’s face with Nature’s own hand painted”) • 23 (“As an unperfect actor on the stage”) • 29 (“When, in disgrace with Fortune and men’s eyes”) • 30 (“When to the sessions of sweet silent thought”) • 33 (“Full many a glorious morning have I seen”) • 55 (“Not marble nor the gilded monuments”) • 60 (“Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore”) • 62 (“Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye”) • 65 (“Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea”) • 71 (“No longer mourn for me when I am dead”) • 73 (“That time of year thou may’st in me behold”) • 80 (“O, how I faint when I of you do write”) • 85 (“My tongue-tied muse in manners holds her still”) • 87 (“Farewell: thou art too dear for my possessing”) • 93 (“So shall I live supposing thou art true”) • 94 (“They that have power to hurt and will do none”) • 97 (“How like a winter hath my absence been”) • 105 (“Let not my love be called idolatry”) • 106 (“When in the chronicle of wasted time”) • 116 (“Let me not to the marriage of true minds”) • 129 (“Th’ expense of spirit in a waste of shame”) • 130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”) • 135 (“Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy Will”) • 138 (“When my love swears that she is made of truth”) • 144 (“Two loves I have of comfort and despair”) •146 (“Poor soul, the center of my sinful earth”) • 147 (“My love is as a fever, longing still”) • 152 (“In loving thee thou know’st I am forsworn”)




The Early Seventeenth Century (1603–1660)



John Donne (1572–1631) • Songs and Sonnets • The Flea • The Good-Morrow • Song (“Go and catch a falling star”) • The Undertaking • The Sun Rising •  The Indifferent • The Canonization • Air and Angels • Break of Day • A Valediction: Of Weeping • Love’s Alchemy • A Nocturnal upon Saint Lucy’s Day, Being the Shortest Day • The Apparition • A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning • The Ecstasy • The Funeral • The Relic • Elegy 16. On His Mistress • Elegy 19. To His Mistress Going to Bed • Satire 3 • Holy Sonnets • 1 (“Thou hast made me, and shall thy work decay?”) • 5 (“I am a little world made cunningly”) • 7 (“At the round earth’s imagined corners, blow”) • 9 (“If poisonous minerals, and if that tree”) • 10 (“Death, be not proud, though some have callèd thee”) • 13 (“What if this present were the world’s last night?”) • 14 (“Batter my heart, three-personned God; for you”) • 18 (“Show me, dear Christ, thy spouse so bright and clear”) • 19 (“Oh, to vex me, contraries meet in one”) • Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward • Hymn to God My God, in My Sickness • A Hymn to God the Father • Devotions upon Emergent Occasions • Meditation 4 • Meditation 17


Aemilia Lanyer (1569–1645) • Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum • To the Doubtful Reader • Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women • The Description of Cookham

Ben Jonson (1572–1637) • Epigrams • To My Book • On My First Daughter • To John Donne • On My First Son • On Lucy, Countess of Bedford  • Inviting a Friend to Supper • Epitaph on S. P., a Child of Queen Elizabeth’s Chapel • The Forest • To Penshurst • Song: To Celia • Underwood • From A Celebration of Charis in Ten Lyric Pieces • 4. Her Triumph • Queen and Huntress • To the Memory of My Beloved, The Author, Mr. William Shakespeare


Mary Wroth (1587–1651?) • Pamphilia to Amphilanthus • 1 (“When night’s black mantle could most darkness prove”) • 16 (“Am I thus conquered? Have I lost the powers”) • 40 (“False hope which feeds but to destroy, and spill”) • 68 (“My pain, still smothered in my grievèd breast”) • 74 Song (“Love a child is ever crying”) • From A Crown of Sonnets Dedicated to Love • 77 (“In this strange labyrinth how shall I turn?”)


Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) • Leviathan • Part 1. Of Man. • Chapter 13. Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Misery


George Herbert (1593–1633) • The Temple • The Altar • Redemption • Easter Wings • Prayer (1) • Jordan (1) • The Windows • Time • The Collar • The Pulley • The Flower • Discipline • Love (3)


Robert Herrick (1591–1674) • Hesperides • The Argument of His Book • The Vine • Delight in Disorder • Corinna’s Going A-Maying • To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time • Upon the Nipples of Julia’s Breast • Upon Julia’s Clothes


Richard Lovelace (1618–1657) • Lucasta • To Lucasta, Going to the Wars • To Althea, from Prison


Katherine Philips (1632–1664) • A Married State • Upon the Double Murder of King Charles • Friendship’s Mystery, To My Dearest Lucasia • On the Death of My First and Dearest Child, Hector Philips


Andrew Marvell (1621–1678) • To His Coy Mistress • The Defnition of Love • The Mower to the Glowworms • The Mower’s Song • The Garden • An Horatian Ode


Margaret Cavendish (1623–1673) • From The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing World


John Milton (1608–1674) • Poems • On Shakespeare • L’Allegro • Il Penseroso • Lycidas • From Areopagitica • Sonnets • How Soon Hath Time • When I Consider How My Light Is Spent • On the Late Massacre in Piedmont • Methought I Saw My Late Espousèd Saint • Paradise Lost • The Verse • Book 1 • Book 2 • From Book 3 • [The Invoction, the Council in Heaven, and the Conclusion of Satan’s Jouney] • From Book 4 • [Satan’s Entry in Paradise; Adam and Eve in Their Bower] • From Book 5 • [Eve’s Dream; Trouble in Paradise] • [A Visit with the Angel. The Scale of Nature] • Book 6 Summary • From Book 7 • [The Invocation] • From Book 8 • [Adam Describes His Own Creation and That of Eve; Having Repeated His Warning, the Angel Departs] • Book 9 • From Book 10 • [Consequences of the Fall] • [Adam, Eve, and the First Steps to Redemption] • Book 11 Summary • From Book 12 • [The Departure from Eden]


The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century (1660–1785)





John Dryden (1631–1700) • Absalom and Achitophel: A Poem • Mac Flecknoe • A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day • Criticism • An Essay of Dramatic Poesy • [Shakespeare and Ben Jonson Compared] • A Discourse Concerning the Original and Progress of Satire • [The Art of Satire]


John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester (1647–1680) • The Disabled Debauchee • The Imperfect Enjoyment


Aphra Behn (1640?–1689) • The Disappointment • Oroonoko; or, The Royal Slave


Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) • A Description of a City Shower • Gulliver’s Travels • A Modest Proposal


Alexander Pope (1688–1744) • An Essay on Criticism • The Rape of the Lock • An Essay on Man • Epistle 1. Of the Nature and State of Man, with Respect to the Universe • From Epistle 2. Of the Nature and State of Man with Respect to Himself, as an Individual • Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot • The Dunciad: Book the Fourth • [The Educator] • [The Triumph of Dulness]


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762) • The Turkish Embassy Letters • [“The Women’s Coffee House”; or, the Turkish Baths] • [The Turkish Method of Inoculation for the Small Pox] • Epistle from Mrs. Yonge to Her Husband


William Hogarth (1697–1764) • Marriage A-la-Mode


Samuel Johnson (1709–1784) • The Vanity of Human Wishes • From The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia • Rambler No. 4 [On Fiction] • Rambler No. 60 [Biography] • A Dictionary of the English Language • Preface • [Some Defnitions: A Small Anthology] • The Preface to Shakespeare • [Shakespeare’s Excellence, General Nature] • [Shakespeare’s Faults. The Three Dramatic Unities] • [Othello] • Lives of the Poets • Milton • [“Lycidas”] • [Paradise Lost]


James Boswell (1740–1795) • The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. • [Plan of the Life] • [Johnson’s Early Years. Marriage and London] • [The Letter to Chesterfeld] • [To the right honorable the earl of chesterfeld] • [A Memorable Year: Boswell Meets Johnson] • [Fear of Death] • [Johnson Faces Death]


Frances Burney (1752–1840) • The Journal and Letters • [First Journal Entry] • [“Down with her, Burney!”] • [Encountering the King] • [A Mastectomy] • [M. D’Arblay’s Postscript]


Olaudah Equiano (ca. 1745–1797) • The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah • Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself • Chapter 2 • [The Middle Passage] • Chapter 3 • [From Virginia to England] • Chapter 4 • [Sold Again] • Chapter 5 • [Cruelty of the West Indian Planters] • Chapter 7 • [A Free Man]


Thomas Gray (1716–1771) • Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat • Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard


William Cowper (1731–1800) • The Castaway


About the Author:

Stephen Greenblatt (Ph.D. Yale) is Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. Also General Editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature, he is the author of eleven books, including Tyrant, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve: The Story that Created Us, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (winner of the 2011 National Book Award and the 2012 Pulitzer Prize); Shakespeare’s Freedom; Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare; Hamlet in Purgatory; Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World; Learning to Curse: Essays in Early Modern Culture; and Renaissance Self-Fashioning: From More to Shakespeare. He has edited seven collections of criticism, including Cultural Mobility: A Manifesto, and is a founding coeditor of the journal Representations. His honors include the MLA’s James Russell Lowell Prize, for both Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England and The Swerve, the Sapegno Prize, the Distinguished Humanist Award from the Mellon Foundation, the Wilbur Cross Medal from the Yale University Graduate School, the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre, the Erasmus Institute Prize, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, Berkeley. He was president of the Modern Language Association of America and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of English Literature.


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