Grand Man: Memories of Norman Douglas

Grand Man: Memories of Norman Douglas

Grand Man: Memories of Norman Douglas

Grand Man: Memories of Norman Douglas

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GRAND man, indeed, was Norman Douglas--in our everyday sense of the word--and a great one in his writing. A grand man in life: wise and witty, creative and energetic, with that warm humanism, and, for all his learning, that modesty in spirit which mark the true artist and savant.

Of startling personality, as all who knew him will agree, his independence of mind, always so clearly expressed, has prompted some to the use of the word "iconoclast". He was also more self- dependent than most--of a type who, alone on a desert island, would contrive somehow to turn that time to profit--although at the thought of such a horrible contingency I can hear him murmur or exclaim, "God forbid!" A law unto himself . . . It is one of the attributes of those born, such as he, under Sagittarius, to whom his allegiance was often voiced. He is, in short, that Archer all of whose arrows hit the mark. It does not seem too much to claim, with the lasting evidence of all his books before us. He was exact --of an epoch when "say what you mean and mean what you say" was rightly honoured. How well he did both--yet without pedagogical aridities ever. And yes, he is one of the "immortals".

He was born December 8, 1868, at Falkenhorst, Thüringen, a village in the Vorarlberg.

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