Individual Author Record
Name: Frank NorrisPen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT Born: March 5, 1870 in Chicago, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionNorris was born in Chicago and lived there until he was 14.
Biographical and Professional InformationFrank Norris was a naturalist who attempted in his sweeping fictional canvases to depict the impact of large, impersonal social and economic forces on individual lives. He is best known for McTeague (1899) and his uncompleted trilogy, The Epic of Wheat, which was to trace the impact of the wheat industry on society. The first volume, The Octopus (1901), deals with the conflict between wheatgrowers and the railroads in California. The Pit (1903), set in Chicago, is about wheat speculation on the Board of Trade. Norris' premature death kept him from completing the trilogy with The Wolf, about the flow of wheat to Europe to relieve famine.
*''McTeague'', 1899 - reprinted by Penguin Group in 2003 and Dover Publications, 2004*''A Man's Woman'', 1900*''The Octopus'', 1901 - reprinted by Penguin Group in 1994*''The Pit'', 1903*''Vandover and the Brute'', 1914*''Moran of the Lady Letty'', 1918