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Frank Norris : a life

Author: Joseph R McElrath; Jesse S Crisler
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Born in Chicago in 1870, Frank Norris led a life of adventure and art. He moved to San Francisco at fifteen, spent two years in Paris painting, and returned to San Francisco to become an internationally famous author. He died at age thirty-two from a ruptured appendix. During his short life, he wrote an inspired series of novels about the United States coming of age. The Octopus was a prescient warning about the
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Frank Norris; Frank Norris; Frank Norris; Frank Norris
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph R McElrath; Jesse S Crisler
ISBN: 0252030168 9780252030161 9780252077296 0252077296
OCLC Number: 58546342
Description: xxii, 492 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Frank Norris's place in American cultural history --
Antecedents --
The Chicago years, 1870-85 --
The city by the bay --
From out of the blue --
The Académie Julian --
Starting over --
The short-story writer in the making at Berkeley --
The nascent Zolaist at Harvard College --
Adventuring upon life --
The Jameson raid --
The Wave journalist --
Writing prose fiction for The Wave --
The novelist at last at work --
New York City at last --
The rocking-chair war --
With Norris at El Caney --
From El Caney to San Juan Heights to Santiago --
A quickening pace --
"The wheat stuff is piling up B.I.G." --
Professional advances and personal commitments --
The enfant terrible no more --
"Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein" --
Farewell to Gotham --
Crepuscule.
Responsibility: Joseph R. McElrath, Jr., Jesse S. Crisler.
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