Norton Anthology

I am reading through the six volumes that make up the Norton Anthology of English Literature (Tenth Edition). Listed next to each volume are what I felt to be its highlights.

Volume 1: The Middle Ages


Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney
Ancrene Wisse
This was excellent.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, translated by Simon Armitage
A perfectly structured narrative poem, excellently translated.
Marie de France, translated by Dorothy Gilbert Uploaded to YouTube 2022/11/25
The selection presented was so enjoyable that I got hold of Gilbert's book, Marie de France, and read all twelve. Video here: LINK
Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
Magnificent. The tales included are: LIST
Thomas Hoccleve, The Complaint Comment.
William Langland, The Vision of Piers Plowman This was magnificent, a dizzyingly complex allegory.
Sir Thomas Malory, Morte D'Arthur
Robert Henryson, The Cock and the Jasper
Fable with a very surprising twist. Translated by Seamus Heaney.

Volume 2: The Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Century

Richard Hooker
Probably the most surprising find, a supreme prose stylist. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (full play)
A very amusing comedy. Source of the quote: "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."