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W. W. Norton & Company
W. W. Norton & Company
Founded1923; 95 years ago (1923)
FounderWilliam Warder Norton
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters location500 Fifth Avenue, New York City, New York
Distributionself-distributed (US)
Penguin Random House (Canada trade)
Nelson Canada (Canada textbooks)
John Wiley & Sons (UK, Australia)[1][2]
Key peopleJulia A. Reidhead, President
Publication typesBooks
ImprintsCountryman, Liveright
No. of employees500
Official websitewwnorton.com

W. W. Norton & Company is an American publishing company based in New York City. It has been owned wholly by its employees since the early 1960s. The company is known for its Norton Anthologies (particularly The Norton Anthology of English Literature) and its texts in the Norton Critical Editions series, both of which are frequently assigned in university literature courses.


The roots of the company date back to 1923, when William Warder Norton founded the firm with his wife Mary Norton, and became its first president.[3] In the 1960s, Mary Norton offered most of her stock to its leading editors and managers.[4]Storer D. Lunt took over in 1945 after Norton's death, and was succeeded by George Brockway (1957-1976), Donald S. Lamm (1976-1994), W. Drake McFeely (1994-2017),[5] and Julia A. Reidhead (2017-present). Reidhead was vice president and publishing director of Norton's College division and a former editor of the Norton Anthologies.[6]


W. W. Norton & Company is an employee-owned publisher in the United States,[7] which publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, college textbooks, cookbooks, art books, and professional books.[8]


Norton Anthologies

Norton Anthologies collect canonical works from various literatures; perhaps the best known anthology in the series is the Norton Anthology of English Literature, as of 2018, in its 9th edition. Norton Anthologies offer general headnotes on each author, a general introduction to each period of literature, and annotations for every anthologized text.

Norton Critical Editions

Like Penguin Classics, Norton Critical Editions provide reprints of classic literature (and in some cases, classic non-fiction works, such as the writings of Darwin). However, unlike most critical editions, all Norton Critical Editions provide a selection of contextual documents, and critical essays along with an edited text. Annotations to the text are provided as footnotes, rather than endnotes as well.

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See also


  1. ^ "International Representatives | W. W. Norton & Company". Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Contact". W. W. Norton & Company Ltd. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Norton History". W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "Norton History | W. W. Norton & Company". books.wwnorton.com. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Gale Directory of Company Histories: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc". Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "News | W. W. Norton & Company". books.wwnorton.com. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Norton History". W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "Stock Page for W. W. Norton & Company". BusinessWeek.com.

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