Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952

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Birth 1868-12-08
Death 1952-02-07
Italians
English

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English novelist and essayist. Born George Norman Douglas.

From the description of South wind : AMs and related material, [1916]-1924 Oct. 25. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122645587

From the description of ALS : London, to Grant Richards, 1917 Oct. 3. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122645586

George Norman Douglas was born Dec. 8, 1868 in Falkenhorst, Thuringen, Austria; recognized as British author, scientist, diplomat, and editor; began writing career composing zoological texts while in foreign service; published first work of fiction, Unprofessional tales (1901), under pseudonym Normyx; contributor and asst. editor, English review; best known as novelist and travel writer; greatest American success was with novel, South wind (1917); other novels and publications include Siren land (1911), Old Calabria (1928), Looking back (1933), Late harvest (1946); died on the island of Capri, 1952.

From the description of Papers, 1879-1952. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 38128766

Norman Douglas (1868-1952), English novelist, travel writer and essayist who spent much of his adult life in Italy. His works include the travel books Siren Land (1911), Old Calabria (1915), and Alone (1921), the novel South Wind (1917), and Birds and Beasts of the Greek Anthology (1927).

From the description of Norman Douglas collection 2008 addition, 1900-1971. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702185468

From the description of Norman Douglas collection 1993-2003 additions, circa 1930-1952. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702138349

Norman Douglas was born George Norman Douglass, in Germany in 1868. Following his family's relocation to England, he eventually served at the British Embassy in St. Petersburg, Russia, from 1894-1896. Throughout his life, he lived in various parts of Europe, including England and Italy, and traveled extensively. He wrote several novels, including South Wind (1917), as well as essays and travel pieces. He died in Capri in 1952.

From the guide to the Norman Douglas Papers, 1929-1953, (Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.)

Norman Douglas, novelist and travel writer, was born in Austria to Scotch-German parents. He served in the British Foreign office as a diplomat to St. Petersburg and later settled on the island of Capri. He wrote several novels, travel books, and this autobiography. His novel "South Wind" (1917) remains his most prominent work.

From the description of Late Harvest, Manuscript, [ca. 1946]. (Temple University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 122541696

Norman Douglas, expatriate British author whose major works were published in the 1910s through the 1930s.

From the description of Norman Douglas collection, 1864-1967 (bulk 1920-1950). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702135557

English author.

From the description of Letters of Norman Douglas [manuscript], 1925-1926. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647861885

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Florence, to A.J.A. Symons, 1934 Jan. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270519142

Author and man of letters Norman Douglas was born in to an aristocratic Scottish family in Austria, and educated in England and Germany. He worked briefly for the Foreign Office, living off his inheritence until family financial concerns led him to begin writing to earn a living. His diverse interests, engaging style, and strong personality helped to make a successful career as a writer, while his aristocratic leanings, hedonism, primitivistic beliefs, and open homosexuality created much controversy. A provocative figure and talented satirist, he is best remembered for his robust travel writing, and for the popular novel, South Wind.

From the description of Norman Douglas letters, postcards, and related materials, 1922-1971. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 70669992

Author.

From the description of Norman Douglas correspondence, 1924-1925. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71009597

Douglas was a British author. Martin Secker was a British publisher.

From the description of Letters to Martin Secker, 1917-1924. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612373496

Biography

George Norman Douglas was born December 8, 1868 in Falkenhorst, Thuringen, Austria; recognized as British author, scientist, diplomat, and editor; began writing career composing zoological texts while in foreign service; published first work of fiction, Unprofessional tales (1901), under pseudonym Normyx; contributor and assistant editor, English review ; best known as novelist and travel writer; greatest American success was with novel, South wind (1917); other novels and publications include Siren land (1911), Old Calabria (1928), Looking back (1933), Late harvest (1946); died on the island of Capri, 1952.

From the guide to the Norman Douglas Papers, 1879-1952, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

Norman Douglas, an expatriate British author, was born in Thüringen, Austria, to a mixed Scottish-German family. Educated in Scotland and Europe, he entered the British diplomatic service in 1893 and left three years later. Douglas married Elsa FitzGibbon in 1898. The couple had two sons before divorcing in 1904. It was about this time that Douglas decided to make his living by writing; working as assistant editor for The English Review from 1912-16 provided him with money while he built a reputation as an author with the travel books Siren Land (1911), Fountains in the Sand (1912), and Old Calabria (1915).

In 1916 he abruptly left London to return to Capri, where he wrote the best-selling and critically well-received novel South Wind (1917). During the 1920s and 1930s Douglas continued to publish fiction, essays, travel books, and autobiographical works, many in limited editions published by his companion Pino Orioli. After the outbreak of World War II, Douglas fled to London from Lisbon, but returned to Capri in 1946. His last works were Late Harvest (1946), and the posthumously published Venus in the Kitchen (1952), which he edited under the pseudonym Pilaff Bey.

There are many biographies of Norman Douglas, including Mark Holloway's Norman Douglas: A Biography (1976).

From the guide to the Norman Douglas collection, 1864-1967, 1920-1950, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Norman Douglas, an expatriate British author, was born in Thueringen, Austria, to a mixed Scottish-German family. Educated in Scotland and Europe, he entered the British diplomatic service in 1893 and left three years later. Douglas married Elsa FitzGibbon in 1898. The couple had two sons before divorcing in 1904. It was about this time that Douglas decided to make his living by writing; working as assistant editor for The English Review from 1912 to 1916 provided him with money while he built a reputation as an author with the travel books Siren Land (1911), Fountains in the Sand (1912), and Old Calabria (1915).

In 1916 he abruptly left London to return to Capri, where he wrote the best-selling and critically well-received novel, South Wind (1917). During the 1920s and 1930s Douglas continued to publish fiction, essays, travel books, and autobiographical works, many in limited editions published by his companion Pino Orioli. After the outbreak of World War II, Douglas fled to London from Lisbon, but returned to Capri in 1946. His last works were Late Harvest (1946), and the posthumously published Venus in the Kitchen (1952), which he edited under the pseudonym Pilaff Bey.

From the guide to the Norman Douglas Collection 2008 Addition, circa 1900-1971, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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