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Frank Norris

Benjamin Franklin Norris (March 5, 1870 - October 25, 1902) was an American novelist during the Progressive Era, classifiable as a muckraker.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, he studied painting in Paris for two years, attending the University of California, Berkeley between 1890 and 94 and then spending another year at Harvard University. He was a news correspondent in South Africa in 1895, an editorial assistant on the San Francisco Wave (1896 - 97), and a war correspondent in Cuba for McClure's Magazine in 1898. He joined the New York City publishing firm of Doubleday & Page in 1899.

He died after an operation for appendicitis.

Norris was the United States' first important naturalist writer.


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