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Frank Norris
[1870-1902]


author Frank Norris [1870-1902] seated before a bookcase          short profile

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works about Frank Norris

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"The people have a right to the truth as they have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
— Frank Norris


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Frank Norris entry at Wikipedia
browse Frank Norris Store at Amazon
Frank Norris credits [1909-93] at Internet Movie Database



Primary Works

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Library of America Frank Norris Novels & Essays book edited by Donald Pizer  
"Norris: Novels and Essays" [1986]
Edited by Donald Pizer

Library of America 8x5¼ hardcover [10/86] for $26.98
includes "McTeague" [1899], "The Octopus" [1901],
"Vandover and The Brute" [1914], and 22 essays
Works of Frank Norris 8 novels for Kindle  "Classic American Fiction: Works of Frank Norris" for Kindle [2008]
Kindle Edition from B&R Samizdat Express [8/2010] for $1.99
includes "8 novels in a single file, with active table of contents": "The Surrender
of Santiago" [July 1898 article], "Blix" [1899], "McTeague' [1899], "A Man's
Woman" [1900], "Moran of The Lady Letty [1898], "The Octopus" [1901],
"A Deal In Wheat" [1903 story], "The Pit" [1903], and "Vandover and The
Brute" [1914]


"Moran of the Lady Letty: A Story of Adventure Off The California Coast" [1898 novel]


"Blix" [1899 novel]


"McTeague: A Story of San Francisco" [1899 classic novel]
McTeague by Frank Norris  A San Francisco dentist woos and marries his best friend's girl. She wins the lottery and her jealous ex-boyfriend turns the dentist in for having no license to practice.
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [5/2012] for FREE
Signet mass pb [8/2003] for $7.95
W.W. Norton 8½x5¼ pb critical text [11/96] for $15.00
book entry at Wikipedia
McTeague novel by Frank Norris & Jonathan Evison   "McTeague" by Frank Norris, Introduction by Jonathan Evison
The Pharos Editions are a carefully-curated collection of out-of-print, lost, or rare books introduced by some of today’s most exciting authors (and chosen by those authors).
Pharos Editions 8¼x5½ pb [6/2013] for $12.38

"Desert Gold" silent short [Kay-Bee/Mutual March 1914]
Adapted from the novel "McTeague"; a prospector finds a rich vein, then learns that his sweetheart has married his former partner.
Produced & co-written by Thomas H. Ince; directed by Scott Sidney; starring Frank Borzage, Charles Ray & Clara Williams
DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb

"Life's Whirlpool" silent short
[Wm. A. Brady/World Film Jan 1916]
Adapted from the novel "McTeague"; dentist McTeague wins Trina away from her cousin Marcus; when Trina wins the lottery,
Marcus is enraged and turns McTeague in to the authorities for having no license to practice dentistry.
Co-written & directed by
Barry O'Neil; starring Holbrook Blinn, Walter Greene & Fania Marinoff • { considered to be a lost film } • credits at IMDb

see also "Von Stroheim's "Greed" [1924] silent film masterpiece below

McTeague opera  "McTeague: An Opera" [P.B.S. 1992]
Commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago & performed in 1992; co-written & directed by Robert Altman [1925-2006]; composed by William Bolcom, libretto co-written by Arnold Weinstein; starring Ben Heppner, Catherine Malfitano & Timothy Nolen
2½-hour performance filmed for broadcast on P.B.S.
video/DVD not available • full credits at IMDb • composer's "McTeague" page

"The Real McTeague: A Synthesis of Forms" TV program [WNEW/PBS May 1993]
60-minute "Great Performances" TV version of the opera, directed by Robert Altman; narrated
by 'Studs' Terkel` • video/DVD not available • credits at IMDb


"A Man's Woman" [1900]


"The Octopus: A Story of California" [1901 novel]
The Octopus by Frank Norris  The classic historical novel of the decade-long ruthless & bloody battle between the railroad monopoly and the outmatched farmers of California.
Dover 5¼x8 pb [12/2003] for $8.95
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [8/94] for $14.95
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [10/86] out of print/used
Indypublish 6x9 hardcover [9/2002] for $22.99
Bentley hardcover [6/71] out of print/used

"Gunfight At Mussel Slough: Evolution of The Western Myth" [] 1890771821
event on 11 May 1880 is basis for Norris's 'Octopus'


"The Pit: A Story of Chicago" [1903 novel]
The Pit by Frank Norris  Love vs. speculation on the Chicago commodities market; "...as topical as the internet bubble"; "... shows that greed has always been the driving force in our American economy"
Kessinger 9x6 pb [6/2004] for $31.95
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [8/94] out of print/many used
North Books 8x5½ hardcover [1/2003] for $26.99
Robert Bentley 8½x6 hardcover [6/71] out of print/used


"A Deal In Wheat and Other Stories of The New and Old West" [1903]
includes title story, "The Wife of Chino", "A Bargain With Peg-Leg", "The Passing of Cock-Eye Blacklock", "A Memorandum of Sudden Death", "Two Hearts That Beat As One", "The Dual Personality of Slick Dick Nickerson", "The Ship That Saw A Ghost", "The Ghost In The Crosstrees", and "The Riding of Felipe"


"Vandover and The Brute" [1914]



Movies, Plays, Other Media

"A Corner In Wheat" [14 mins.; Biograph Dec 1909]
When a wealthy mogul corners the wheat market and raises the price of flour, he doesn't consider the impact it will have on those
who cannot afford the increase. It takes an unexpected tragedy for him to realize the consequence of his actions.

Co-written & directed by D.W. Griffith; based on a Frank Norris short story and his novel "The Pit";
starring Frank Powell, Grace Henderson, James Kirkwood, Linda Arvidson, Henry B. Walthall, Mack Sennett
& Blanche Sweet; listed on National Film Registry (1994); full credits from IMDb

1914 The Pit (novel)

1915 The Octopus (short) (novel)

1922 Moran of the Lady Letty (novel)

"Greed" silent film masterpiece
[M.G.M. Dec 1924]
Greed 1924 silent film  
Greed critical text  
A San Francisco dentist woos and marries his best friend's girl. She wins the lottery and her jealous ex-boyfriend turns the dentist in for having no license to practice. This legendary 'lost film' was delivered at ten hours length (42 reels of film); the studio forced Stroheim to make drastic cuts; he cut it down to four hours. The displeased studio then took control and released a 2-hour & 20-minute version, which failed at the box office. The excised negatives and exposed film were destroyed, perhaps as late as the 1950s. The Turner restoration makes use of still photos & historical script continuity. Co-written & directed by Erich von Stroheim; based on the 1899 novel "McTeague" by Frank Norris; starring Gibson Gowland, Zasu Pitts, Jean Hersholt, Dale Fuller, Tempe Pigott, Sylvia Ashton, Chester Conklin & Joan Standing; listed on the National Film Registry in 1991
not available on DVD; Turner 4-hr restoration b&w VHS [9/98] 2 tapes - out of prodn/used
MGM/UA Home Video 133-minute b&w VHS [undated] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb • entry about the film at Wikipedia

"Greed" [1993] critical text by Jonathan Rosenbaum
British Film Institute 7½x5¼ pb [9/93] for $14.95

"The Complete Greed of Erich von Stroheim" [1972] by Herman G. Weinberg
Ayer 10&frac15x10¼ hardcover [1/72] out of print/used

more details (synopsis, books, opera, posters, links) on
Magic Lantern's "Greed" 1924 Movie Page



Works About Frank Norris

Frank Norris Storyteller book by Barbara Hochman  
"The Art of Frank Norris, Storyteller" [1988]
by Barbara Hochman

Univ MO Press 8¾z5¾ hardcover [8/88] out of print/used
Univ MO Press 8¾z5¾ hardcover [8/88] out of print/used
Frank Norris biography by McElrath & Crisler   "Frank Norris: A Life" [2006]
by Joseph R. McElrath, Jr. & Jesse S. Crisler

Univ IL Press 9½x6¼ hardcover [1/2006] for $31.00



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Frank Norris entry at Wikipedia
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Frank Norris credits [1909-93] at Internet Movie Database



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