and Kathleen Norris Collection at U.C. Berkeley
Arnold Genthe's photographs
of Charles G. and Kathleen Norris at the Library of Congress.
Images courtesy of the Arnold
Genthe Collection at the Library of Congress
from The Oxford Companion to American
"Charles G. Norris, brother of Frank Norris,
author of novels dealing with such problems as modern education, women
in business, hereditary and environmental influences, big business, ethics
and birth control."
"Kathleen [Thompson] Norris, (1880-1966),
his wife," was a popular novelist. "Family Gathering
(1959) is an informal autobiography."
from Ann Douglas, Terrible Honesty:
Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s
(New York: Noonday Press/Farrar, Straus,
and Giroux, 1995), 533:
"Kathleen Norris was the most interesting
novelist of feminine and matriarchal sentimentalist essentialism in the
1910s and 1920s; vastly popular, with a curious literary style that seems
to owe a good deal to Henry James, she developed the themes that
would dominate the soaps of early radio, aroused the ire (and perhaps envy)
of Dorothy Parker, was adored by Alexander Wollcott (always a fan of the
matriarch), and took acre of Elinor Wylie's stepchildren (they were related
by marriage; forgotten today, she is well worth in-depth study. Of
particular interest are her novels Josselyn's Wife (Garden City,
NY: Doubleday, 1918), in which the heroine is a potent emblem of "wizardry";
Martie the Unconquered (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1917), whose
heroine is robust, wide-eyed, and extremely ambitious; Harriet and the
Piper (Garden City, NY Doubleday, 1920), a tale of eminent upward
mobility via marriage; Second Hand Wife (1932), a study of heroic
feminine self-sacrifice; and Beauty's daughter (1935), a fictionalized
manual on how-to-hold-your-man that contains Norris's richest character
study in the heroine's mother, Magda, an aging, acerbic, colorful ex-actress."
New texts available online.
the Unconquered (Gutenberg
text; unofficial until 31 Aug 2003)
A Story (Gutenberg text; unofficial until 31 Jan 2003)
Dear Margaret Kirby, and Other Stories (Gutenberg text; unofficial
until 31 Aug 2003)
Rich Mrs. Burgoyne (Gutenberg text; unofficial until 31 Jul 2003)
Treasure (Gutenberg text; unofficial until 31 Jul 2003)
See also Norris, Charles Gilman, Kathleen
Thompson Norris, and Richard Allan Davison. Charles & Kathleen Norris
: The Courtship Year. Book Club of California publication ; no. 202.
San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1993.
from Matthew Bruccoli. ed., F. Scott
Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters (1994):
But hic jubililatio erat totam spoiled
for meum par lisant une livre, une novellum (novum) nomine "Salt" par
Herr C. G. [N]orris--a most astounding piece of realism, it makes Fortitude
look like an antique mental ash-can and is quite as good as [Arnold Bennett's]
Old Wives' Tale. . . . Read Salt young girl so that you may
know what life B.
--F. Scott Fitzgerald, letter to Alida
Bigelow, 23 September 1919. Spelling is Fitzgerald's; bold lettering
has been added by the site author.
I know Gatsby better than I know my own
child. My first instinct after your letter was to let him go &
have Tom Buchanan dominate the book (I suppose he's the best character
I've ever done--I think he and
the brother in "Salt" & Hurstwood
in "Sister Carrie" are the three best characters in American fiction
in the last twenty years, perhaps and perhaps not) but Gatsby sticks
in my heart.
--F. Scott Fitzgerald to
Maxwell Perkins, c. 20 December 1924
Novels and Short Stories
The Amateur. New York: George H. Doran,
Salt; or, The Education of Griffith Adams.
N. Y.: E.P. Dutton and Company, 1919.
Brass; A Novel of Marriage. N.Y.:
E. P. Dutton, 1921.
Marriage; Short Stories of Married life
by American Writers, Tarkington, Cutting, Hergesheimer, Miller, Street,
Delano, Norris, Gale, Harrison, Kelland, Hopper, Adams, Butler, Foster,
Hughes, Dreiser, Cooper, Turner, Webster, Lincoln. Garden City, N.
Y.,: Doubleday Page, 1923.
Bread. N.Y: Dutton, 1923.
Pig Iron. N.Y: E. P. Dutton, 1926.
Zelda Marsh. N.Y.: E.P. Dutton, 1927.
Seed, A Novel of Birth Control. Garden
City, N.Y.,: Doubleday Doran, 1930.
Zest. Garden City, N. Y.: Doubleday
Hands. New York,: Farrar & Rinehart,
Bricks Without Straw. N.Y.: Doubleday
Flint. Garden City, New York.: Doubleday
Works on Frank Norris
Norris, Charles Gilman, Nino Marcelli, and
Calif. Bohemian Club (San Francisco).
The Rout of the Philistines :
A Forest Play. San Francisco, Calif.: Bohemian Club, 1922.
Norris, Charles Gilman, Robert C. Newell,
and Bohemian Club. A Gest of Robin Hood. San Francisco,: Bohemian
Norris, Charles Gilman, Walter Scott, and
Calif. Bohemian Club (San Francisco).
Ivanhoe: A Grove Play. San
Francisco: Bohemian Club, 1936.
Norris, Frank. A Deal in Wheat, and Other
Stories of the New and Old West. New York,: Doubleday Page, 1903.
Norris, Frank, and Charles Gilman Norris (introd.).
Octopus : A Story of California. Garden City, N. Y.: Doubleday Page
& Co., 1924.
Norris, Frank, and Charles Gilman Norris.
The Third Circle. New York,: J. Lane Company, 1909.
Norris, Charles Gilman. Frank Norris, 1870-1902;
An Intimate Sketch of the Man who was Universally Acclaimed the Greatest
American Writer of His Generation. New York,: Doubleday Page, 1914.
Norris, Frank, Oscar Lewis, and Charles
Gilman Norris. Frank Norris of "the Wave": Stories & Sketches from
the San Francisco Weekly, 1893 to 1897.
San Francisco,: The Westgate