Frank Norris

Frank Norris : A Life

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Product details

  • Hardback | 520 pages
  • 160 x 238.8 x 43.2mm | 1,065.95g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252030168
  • 9780252030161
  • 1,999,914

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"An important book. Norris is a compelling figure in American letters--youthful, ambitious, prolific, Californian--and he merits just this kind of learned assessment."--Los Angeles Times "Not only is the narrative readable and captivating, but McElrath and Crisler correct a number of common misconceptions about Norris and his work, persuasively demonstrating that he was much more than simply the 'American Zola' that many of his contemporaries made him out to be. This book demonstrates that Norris and his writings deserve much more careful attention from students and scholars. Essential."--Choice "The authors ... began their research as graduate students in 1971 and have devoted most of their scholarly careers to finding out who Frank Norris really was. Norris died unexpectedly of a ruptured appendix in 1902 at the age of 32, and the authors conclude that much of our existing information about his brief life is plain wrong... In setting the record straight, the meticulous McElrath and Crisler have written the definitive biography of Norris. In it, they emphasize how appreciation of Norris's literary genius is inseparable from an untimely death that forever raised the unfulfilled promise of even greater work to come."--New York Times Book Review "The meticulous McElrath and Crisler have written the definitive biography of Norris. In it, they emphasize how appreciation of Norris's literary genius is inseparable from an untimely death that forever raised the unfulfilled promise of even greater work to come."--New York Times Book Reviewshow more

About Jr. Joseph R. Mcelrath

Joseph R. McElrath Jr. is the William Hudson Rogers Professor of English at Florida State University. He is the author of Frank Norris Revisited and Frank Norris: A Descriptive Bibliography. Jesse S. Crisler is a professor of English at Brigham Young University. He is the editor of Frank Norris: Collected Letters, and coeditor of Frank Norris: A Reference Guide.show more

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