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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Brief comparison of editions of the Norton Anthology of Poetry

On the How To Read A Book DVD, Charles Van Doren chose as one of his Desert Island Books “the best and the biggest” anthology of lyric poetry he could find. He was probably referring to the Norton Anthology of Poetry. If you look at the reviews for this book, you’ll see that some readers indicate a preference for the 3rd edition over the current 5th edition, which has 800 more pages.

Here is a handy comparison of the editions available.

1st ed cover1970 (1st ed)
1231 pages
10.3 x 6.3 x 2.4 inches
3.6 pounds
Editors: Eastman, Allison, Barrows, Blake, Carr, English
2st ed cover1975 (2nd ed)
1344 pages
9.5 x 5.6 x 1.9 inches
2.8 pounds
Editors: Allison, Barrows, Blake, Carr, Eastman, English
34d ed cover1983 (3rd ed)
1452 pages
8.8 x 5.5 x 2.1 inches
2.8 pounds
Editors: Allison, Barrows, Blake, Carr, Eastman, English
4th ed cover1996 (4th ed)
1998 pages
9.3 x 5.7 x 2.4 inches
3.8 pounds
Editors: Ferguson, Salter, Stallworthy
5th ed cover2004 (5th ed)
2256 pages
9.1 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
3.2 pounds
Editors: Ferguson, Salter, Stallworthy


  • I have a first edition of the Norton Anthology of Poetry from 1970, if anyone wants it at $5 plus shipping. kevin at bombersystems dot com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/27/2013 12:16 p.m.  

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