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This review is from: The Norton Anthology of English Literature: 16th and Early 17th Century v. B (Paperback)
Well, it's good that Norton offer their blockbuster anthology in (relatively) bite sizes, but, like most anthologies, this is a pretty attenuated version of the real thing. Everything is, inevitably, reduced to the same, small, modern fount, on thin paper. Notes are OK (and there are reasonable headnotes), but no substitute for real scholarly annotation. To complain about the selection would be to shoot fish in a barrel. These are complaints about the nature of anthologies as such, rather than the Norton in particular; but if we want our students to have an authentic experience of reading literature we really don't want to be sending them towards such compendia.