Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952

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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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referencedIn British authors collection, 1840-1953. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Joseph Conrad collection of papers, 1885-1956, 1896-1934 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Cerio, Edwin. That Capri air : and related material, 1927. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Some limericks, [193-] / by Norman Douglas. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Stein, Leo, 1872-1947. Leo Stein Collection 1892-1950. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. ALS : London, to Grant Richards, 1917 Oct. 3. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Hart, James D. (James David), 1911-1990,. Norman Douglas collection of papers, 1905-1949. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Letters of Norman Douglas [manuscript], 1925-1926. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Greene, Graham, 1904-1991. Graham Greene papers, 1892-1999 (bulk 1950-1990). Boston College. John J. Burns Library
referencedIn Orioli, Giuseppe, 1884-1942. Letter to [?]. Florence, Italy. [19--] University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Lawrence, D. H. (David Herbert), 1885-1930. D. H. Lawrence collection of papers, 1909-1964 bulk (1910-1933). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Nancy Cunard Collection TXRC99-A11., 1895-1965, (bulk 1908-1965) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Norman Douglas Papers, 1879-1952 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
referencedIn Madeleine Zabriskie Doty Papers MS 49., 1880-1984 Sophia Smith Collection
creatorOf Birnbaum, Martin, 1878-1970. Martin Birnbaum papers, 1862-1970. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Autograph letter signed : Florence, to R. Cobden Sanderson, 1929 Dec. 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Norman Douglas collection, 1864-1967 (bulk 1920-1950). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Autograph letter signed : Florence, to A.J.A. Symons, 1934 Jan. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Letter to Harry G. Sperling. Florence. 1930 Mar. 19. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Norman Douglas collection, 1864-1967, 1920-1950 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Papers, 1879-1952. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library
referencedIn Pynson Printers records, 1927-1933 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Letter to Mr. Munson. [s.l.]. 1934 July 24. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Letters to James Haughton Woods, 1885-1931 and undated. Houghton Library
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Autograph postal card signed : Florence to Bob Davis, [n.d.], "Friday 12.45 pm." Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Norman Douglas collection 1993-2003 additions, circa 1930-1952. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. South wind : AMs and related material, [1916]-1924 Oct. 25. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924. Letters to Norman Douglas, 1905-1913 [transcripts]. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Norman Douglas letters, postcards, and related materials, 1922-1971. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Paneros / by Norman Douglas.
creatorOf Norman Douglas Collection 2008 Addition, circa 1900-1971 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Leo Stein Collection, 1892-1950 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Alan Steele: Letters to him, 20th century Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Norman Douglas collection 2008 addition, 1900-1971. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Autograph letters signed (2) : Florence, to Henry Savage, 1934 Sept. 23 and 1934 Dec. 11. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Cleverdon mss. II, 1926-1988 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Cunard, Nancy, 1896-1965. Nancy Cunard Collection, 1895-1965 (bulk 1908-1965). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924. Joseph Conrad collection of papers, 1885-1956 bulk (1896-1934). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924. The Henry A. Colgate Collection of Joseph Conrad. 1881-1994. Colgate University, Everett Needham Case Library
creatorOf Pynson Printers (New York, N.Y.). Pynson Printers records, 1927-1933. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Bryher papers, 1812-1980, 1911-1978 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Muriel Draper Papers., 1881-1977, 1925-1950 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. An almanac. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Letters to Martin Secker, 1917-1924. Houghton Library
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Autograph letters signed (2) : Florence, to an unidentified recipient, 1924 Dec. 31. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Carl Van Vechten collection of papers, 1911-1964 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Adams, Elbridge L., 1866-. Collection of books from the library of William Faulkner. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Autograph File, D, 1586-1975. Houghton Library
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Letter to Thomas Mabbott. London, Eng. 1946 May 25. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Tomlinson, H. M. (Henry Major), 1873-1958. Papers, 1922-1952. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Norman Douglas correspondence, 1924-1925. Library of Congress
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Fountains in the sand. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
creatorOf Norman Douglas Collection 1993-2003 Additions, [ca. 1930-1952] Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Stein, Leo, 1872-1947. Leo Stein Collection 1892-1950. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Late Harvest, Manuscript, [ca. 1946]. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
referencedIn Donald and Katharine Foley Collection of Penguin Books, 1935-1965 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Draper, Muriel, b. 1886. Muriel Draper Papers. 1881-1977 (bulk 1925-1950). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Autograph letter signed : Menton, to Maugham, 1929 Mar. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn D. H. Lawrence collection of papers, 1909-1964, 1910-1933 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Autograph letter signed : Antibes and Vence, to Mr. Partridge, 1939 Sept. 29 and 1939 Aug. 17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Doty, Madeleine Z. (Madeleine Zabriskie), 1877-1963. Papers, 1880-1984. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Douglas, Norman, 1868-1952. Letter to Tounley Searle. Thüringen, Germany. 1923 Sept. 5. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Bryher, 1894-. Bryher papers, 1812-1980 (bulk 1911-1978). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn British Broadcasting Corporation. The Third Programme, Transcripts, 1955-1968. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
creatorOf Norman Douglas Papers, 1929-1953 Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
referencedIn English literature mss., 1901-1950 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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associatedWith Cobden-Sanderson, Richard, 1884- person
associatedWith Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924. person
associatedWith Crotch, Martha Gordon, person
associatedWith Cullen, Charles. person
associatedWith Cullen, Charles. person
associatedWith Cunard, Nancy, 1896-1965 person
associatedWith Davis, Robert, person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
correspondedWith Doty, Madeleine Z. (Madeleine Zabriskie), 1877-1963 person
associatedWith Douglas, Archibald, 1899- person
associatedWith Douglas, Robin, b. 1902, person
associatedWith Draper, Muriel, b. 1886. person
associatedWith Foley, Donald L. person
associatedWith Foley, Katharine person
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associatedWith Greene, Graham, 1904-1991. person
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associatedWith Hutchinson, F. W. person
associatedWith Hutchinson, F. W. person
associatedWith Jeffreys, D. G(David G.) person
associatedWith Jones, Herschel V. (Herschel Vespasian), 1861-1928, person
associatedWith King, William. person
associatedWith King, William. person
associatedWith Lawrence, D. H. (David Herbert), 1885-1930. person
associatedWith Levy, Oscar, b. 1867. person
associatedWith Lowenfels, Walter, 1897-1976, person
associatedWith Lyons, Islay, 1922- person
associatedWith Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, 1898-1968, person
associatedWith Machen, Arthur, 1863-1947 person
associatedWith Macpherson, Kenneth. person
associatedWith MacPherson, Kenneth. person
associatedWith Magnus, Maurice, 1876-1920. person
associatedWith Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965, person
associatedWith Mavrogordato, John, 1882- person
associatedWith Munson, Gorham Bert, 1896-1969, person
associatedWith Orioli, Giuseppe, 1884-1942, person
associatedWith Ouida, 1839-1908. person
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associatedWith Utley, Francis Lee, 1907- person
associatedWith Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964 person
correspondedWith Woods, James Haughton, 1864-1935 person
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associatedWith Woolf, Cecil. person
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Limericks
English literature--20th century
Authors, English--Archival resources
Authors, English--20th century--Archives
Essays
Scientists--Archival resources
British literature--20th century
Literature, Modern--20th century
Authors, English--20th century--Correspondence
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Authors, English--Archival resources
Scientists--Archival resources
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Birth 1868-12-08

Death 1952-02-07

Italians

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