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Excellent anthology of canonical British lit
on January 1, 2010
This anthology has almost everything that an English major could desire to read of British literature from the 18th to 20th century. I think the editors at Norton did a very good job of choosing what to include in this volume. Everything you'd expect to see is here (Wordsworth, Tennyson, Wilde, Shelley, etc.) and some additional lesser-known works round out this anthology. It is an indispensable resource for passionate undergrads and grad students.
The typeface is small, the pages are translucently thin, and the book is very heavy. These are all drawbacks to this text, but I believe it's worth it for the tremendous amount and variety of material it contains.
If you plan to keep this book for a long time (and not just use it for one semester), I highly recommend getting the hardcover edition. Considering how heavy and fat the book is, the paperback is very flimsy. Also, if this is a required text for one class and you're pretty sure you'll never need it again afterward, don't buy it. Much of the material in this book is public domain and can be found online for free.