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A Week in Literary History

March 5th, 2002

American naturalistic novelist Frank Norris (The Octopus, 1901) is born in Chicago, 1870.

Frank Norris, b. March 5, 1870, d. 1902

Norris has been more or less shelved as an American naturalist writer and, along with the others, more or less forgotten. But in his brief life he left a number of novels that should continue to be read as more than mere portraits of American economic destinies. In McTeague, his masterwork, he elevates one of the least promising protagonists in literature to something approaching mythic status. This book, and his journalism, show him to be a sharp, funny, acerbic, and well-read writer.

Suggested Reading Novels Vandover and the Brute, 1914. McTeague, 1899. The Octopus, 1901. The Pit, 1903. Essays The Responsibilities of the Novelist and Other Literary Essays.

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