Frank Norris





Frank Norris


Born
in Chicago, Illinois, The United States
March 05, 1870

Died
October 25, 1902

Genre

Influences


Benjamin Franklin Norris, Jr. was an American novelist, during the Progressive Era, writing predominantly in the naturalist genre. His notable works include McTeague (1899), The Octopus: A California Story (1901), and The Pit (1903). Although he did not openly support socialism as a political system, his work nevertheless evinces a socialist mentality and influenced socialist/progressive writers such as Upton Sinclair. Like many of his contemporaries, he was profoundly influenced by the advent of Darwinism, and Thomas Henry Huxley's philosophical defense of it. Norris was particularly influenced by an optimistic strand of Darwinist philosophy taught by Joseph LeConte, whom Norris studied under while at the University of California, Berkeley ...more

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McTeague

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3.67 avg rating — 4,780 ratings — published 1899 — 181 editions
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The Octopus: A Story of Cal...

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3.80 avg rating — 1,395 ratings — published 1901 — 67 editions
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The Pit: A Story of Chicago

3.77 avg rating — 298 ratings — published 1903 — 109 editions
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Vandover and the Brute

3.66 avg rating — 112 ratings — published 1914 — 42 editions
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Norris: Novels and Essays

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4.09 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 1986 — 2 editions
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Blix

3.46 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 1899 — 47 editions
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A Deal in Wheat

3.33 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 1903 — 15 editions
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A Deal in Wheat and Other S...

3.42 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 1970 — 35 editions
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Moran of the Lady Letty

3.42 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 1898 — 45 editions
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A Man's Woman

3.30 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 1900 — 49 editions
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The Octopus: A Story of Cal... The Pit: A Story of Chicago
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“Always blame conditions, not men”
Frank Norris, The Octopus: A Story of California

“I never truckled. I never took off the hat to Fashion and held it out for pennies. I told them the truth. They liked it or they didn't like it. What had that to do with me? I told them the truth.”
Frank Norris, McTeague

“It belonged to the changeless order of things---the man desiring the woman only for what she withholds; the woman worshipping the man for that which she yields up to him. With each concession gained the man′s desire cools; with every surrender made the woman′s adoration increases...”
Frank Norris, McTeague

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