Norris, Frank

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Birth 1870-03-05
Death 1902-10-25

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American novelist.

From the description of Papers of Frank Norris [manuscript], 1898-1952, (bulk 1898-1902). (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647810658

Julian Hawthorne was the son of Nathaniel Hawthorne.

From the description of ALS, 1901 June 9 : New York, to Julian Hawthorne. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 13734916

Novelist Frank Norris was born in Chicago and came to California at the age of 14. He attended art school in Paris and was a student at the University of California from 1890-1894. He worked as a foreign correspondent and publisher's reader, lived in both San Francisco and New York, and published widely read novels such as McTeague (1899) and the Octopus (1901).

From the description of Frank Norris collection of papers : and related material, circa 1889-1930. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 214986189


Frank Norris, who was born in 1870 and died in 1902, proved himself, in his short writing career, to be a major American novelist and one of the most distinguished literary alumni of the University of California.

Born in Chicago, he came to San Francisco with his family when he was 14. After two years in an art school in Paris, he attended the University of California as a special student for four years, 1890-1894, and then did a year's additional work at Harvard University. He returned to San Francisco, became a newspaper correspondent during the Uitlander insurrection in South Africa and then a staff writer and sub-editor on the San Francisco Wave. Moran of the Lady Letty, which appeared serially in that magazine, brought him a job with S. S. McClure in New York, first as a reader and later as a correspondent for McClure's Magazine in Cuba in 1898. Returning to his job as publisher's reader, he applied himself seriously to his fiction and won recognition and fame. His writing was strongly identified with California, particularly his best known works McTeague (1899) and The Octopus (1901). He looked upon San Francisco as his home, and it was there he died in October 1902.

From the guide to the Frank Norris Collection of Papers and Related Materials, [ca. 1889-1930], (The Bancroft Library)


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