NORRIS, FRANK (1870-1002), American novelist, was born in Chicago, Illinois, on the 5th of March 1870. He studied art in Paris in 1887-1889; studied at the University of California (1890-1894), and at Harvard University (1894-1895); in 1895- 1896 served in South Africa as war correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle; in 1896-1897 was associate editor of the San Francisco Wave; and in 1898 was sent to Cuba as war correspondent for McClure's Magazine. He died in San Francisco on the 25th of October 1902. He wrote A Deal in Wheat, and Other Stories (1903), Responsibilities of the Novelist, and Other Literary Essays (1003), and the following novels: M'oran of the Lady Letty (1898), a story of adventure off the California coast; McTeague (1899), a story of the San Francisco slums; Blix (1899), a love story; A Man's Woman (1900); The Octopus (1901) and The Pit (1903). The last two were powerful stories, which made his reputation. The Octopus deals with wheat-raising in California and with the struggle between the growers and the railroad trust; The Pit with wheat- speculation in the Chicago market. His complete works were published in seven volumes in 1903.
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