The Responsibilities of the Novelist (Barnes & Noble Digital Library): and Other Literary Essays

The Responsibilities of the Novelist (Barnes & Noble Digital Library): and Other Literary Essays

by Frank Norris

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Overview

Published posthumously, this 1903 collection of Norris's literary criticism was assembled by his wife Jeanette.  In the title essay, Norris argues that serious writers have an obligation to present their readers with the truths of daily life, and not with idle fantasies of romance or escape. He also discusses important issues of western literature and the closing of the American frontier.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781411449299
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Series: Barnes & Noble Digital Library
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 324
File size: 263 KB
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Frank Norris (1870–1902) was born in Chicago, but lived most his life in San Francisco. Inspired by the work of Emile Zola and Gustave Flaubert, Norris adapted their methods to American settings, adding a naturalist flair. He is best known for his novels McTeague, and The Octopus, set in California during an era of railroad expansion.

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