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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Frank Norris  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: March 5, 1870 in Chicago, Illinois

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Norris was born in Chicago and lived there until he was 14.

Biographical and Professional Information

Frank 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.


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Awards

-- * Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990