My English teacher in High School gave me this book to read Dante s Inferno To this day, that s still one of my favorite reads What makes this particular version really good is the footnotes They explain who the people that are in the story are, and why the author would place them there. The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces Vol 1 0 393 96346 2I own several anthologies for my private library, salvaged from college book sales over the years, and this is definitely one of my favorites The world literature selections presented here really are from all over the world, and not are predominantly western writings There s quite a bit of material that I haven t seen elsewhere ancient Egyptian love songs, for example and the translations are fluid and easy to read I recommend this anthology for anyone looking to enrich a personal library with world literary selections.PART 1 BEGINNINGS TO 100 A.D Aeschylus Aristophanes Aristotle Bhagavad Gita Catullus Chinese Book of Songs Chinese Nine Songs Chuang Chou Confucius Egyptian Poetry Epic of Gilgamesh Euripides Hebrew Bible Old Testament Homer Jataka Mahabharata Ovid Petronius Plato Ramayana of Valmiki Sappho of Lesbos Sophocles Tamil Anthologies VirgilPART 2 100 A.D TO 1500 A.D Abolqasem Ferdowsi Amaru Augustine Basavanna Beowulf Bhartrhari Book of Dede Korkut Chandidasa Cilappatikaram Dante Alighieri Epic of Son Jara Everyman Faridoddin Attar Francois Villon Gawain and the Green Knight Geoffrey Chaucer Giovanni Boccaccio Govindadasa Greek Bible New Testament Han Shan Ibn Ishaq Jalaloddin Rumi Kalidasa Kanze Kojiro Nobumitsu Kokinshu Koran Li Ch ing Chao Li Ho Li Po Li Shang Yin Mahadeviyakka Man yoshu Marie de France Mirabai Murasaki Shikibu Po Chu I Sa di Sei Shonagon Somadeva Song of Roland Story of Deirdre T ao Ch ien Tale of the Heike Thousand and One Nights Tu Fu Tu Mu Tulsidas Vidyapati Visnusarman Wanderer Wang Wei Yoshida Kenko Yuan Chen Zeami MotokiyoPART 3 1500 A.D TO 1650 A.D Cantares Mexicaons Castiglione, Baldesar de Cervantes, Miguel de la Barca, Pedro Calderon de Montaigne, Michel de Navarre, Marguerite Donne, John Erasmus, Desiderius Florentine Codex Machiavelli, Niccolo Marlowe, Christopher Milton, John Petrarch, Francis Popul Vuh Radelais, Francois Shakespeare, William Ana Mardoll These Texts Have Been Selected And Prepared By Expert Scholars And Translators Who Are Also Committed Undergraduate Teachers Like All Norton Anthologies, The Expanded Edition In One Volume Of The Norton Anthology Of World Masterpieces Is Foremost A Teaching Anthology, Edited To Meet The Needs Of Today S Students Discovering A Range Of Literary Traditions For The First Time Read The Epic of Gilgamesh from here. Phew What else is there to say after reading a massive tomethan 2,000 pages long It s been a fun ride but you re glad when it s finished Containing the works of several well known or not so well known 20th century authors, this book ranges through various styles with bewildering speed There is much to pick and choose from, depending on your tastes Not all of it is palatable or even decipherable But it s worth picking through even the initially unfamiliar ones in order to find something new that might appeal Even perusing supposedly known works like Marcel Proust s excerpt from one of his most famous works reveal surprises He spends quite a few pages detailing what happens before, during and after the oblivion of sleep I found that a decided soporific, to the point where I nodded off several times before finishing it But who knows Someone else might find it, shall we say, absorbing reading.Riffle through the pages of this anthology There s certain to be something you ll like. This was my text book for a class at LVC and all the selections we explored were not only amazing writing, but historically significant as well You can see what life was like at the time of each selection s writing as well as the impact it has had since then I highly recommend this book to everyone who can read because it will open up new worlds and new ways of thinking Selections include From Beginnings AD 100 Gilgamesh, Ancient Egyptian poetry, selections from The Old Testament from the Bible, Homer Iliad and Odyssey , Sappho of Lesbos, Aeschlyus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, Chinese Poetry early period , Confucius, Indian Literature from the Heroic Age including the Bhagavad gita , Virgil, Ovid, Petronius From 100 1500 selections from The New Testament of the Bible, Augustine, Indian Lit from the Classical Age including Bhartrhari , Chinese Prose and Poetry Middle Period includes Tao Chien, Wang Wei, Li Po , Islam and Islamic Lit including the Koran, Ibn Ishaq, The Thousand and One Nights , Formation of Western Lit Beowulf, The Story of Deirdre, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Chaucer , Japanese Poetry and Literature from the Golden Age, Medieval India devotional lyrics including to Virasaiva Saints, to Krishna, Hindi , Epic of Son Jara Africa Mali From 1500 to 1650 European Renaissance includes Petrarch, Erasmus, Machiavelli, Montaingne, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Milton, Marlowe , Mayan and Aztec Nahuatl Prose and Poetry This was the required text for World Lit, and I LOVED it We didn t read ALL of the selections but had lively discussions about the ones chosen.A favorite was The Shakuntala or the ring of remembrance a play by Kalidasa Translated which we read aloud in class I would LOVE to see it onstage and done with just a touch of humor If every Literature class was as inspiring as that one was, I d have been an English major This is one of the most helpful textbooks I had in college The collection of stories and poems are wonderful and carefully selected with good introductions Hard to carry around, though It must have weighed a kilo But it s a good reference book that I still keep to this day and read once in a while. Of course, I did not read the entire 3000 pages in this anthology, which literally spans thethan two millennia between Gilgamesh and Things Fall Apart.I became well acquainted with about half the book the scattered half the professor for whom I TA ed this semester included in her syllabus I remain unconvinced that any single volume anthology can claim to adequately represent the whole world s literature, and there are particular texts whose omission in this volume shock me where s Malory , but I am nevertheless satisfied with the book s success despite its limitations In these pages you ll encounter a healthy variety of genres epic poem Gilgamesh Inferno , lyric poem Baudelaire , drama Faust , novel Things Fall Apart , short story Woolf s Unwritten Novel and essay Montaigne , etc and an ambitious variety of literary traditions ancient Greek Medea , ancient Sanskrit Sakuntala , heroic China Chuang Tsu , Renaissance England Hamlet , tzarist Russia Pushkin , post colonial Latin America Borges , etc that make this collection both lovable and colossal. I did not buy this book I found it from a personal library of college textbooks, and I picked it up and decided to read it Not knowing how much a work like this is worth , I can t recommend it to buy, but I can definitely recommend it to read.It took me several months to get through the anthology, cover to cover, and I never read forthan an hour at a time, and I let the stories and the novels and the poems and the plays sink in this is a new way of reading for me, as I would previously just read to rack up pages, in atransitory way and I was rewarded for it This is a great anthology, because the material it finds its sources from is great To boot, this anthology is worth reading or perusing just for the plays Tartuffe, Mother Courage and Her Children, Hamlet, Lysistrata, Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Cherry Orchard, Orestes, Oedipus the King, Medea, Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection, Faust, Phaedra, and Hedda Gabler, and any I ve missed.