Born Benjamin Franklin Norris, Jr., first-born son of|
Benjamin Franklin and Gertrude Doggett Norris, in
Chicago on 5 March.
|1878||Norris family tours Europe.|
|1881||Brother Charles Gilman Norris, a novelist, born.|
|1884|| Norris family moves to Oakland and, shortly afterwards,|
to San Francisco; Norris attends Boys' High School.
|1886||Norris studies drawing and painting at' the San Francisco Art Association.|
|1887|| Norris family moves to Paris, where Norris enrols in the|
Academie Julian and becomes interested in medieval
|1890||Enrols as a special student at the University of California in Berkeley, where he is a member of Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity.|
|1891||Publishes Yvernelle, an epic poem about French feudalism and romance.|
|1892||Father leaves family.|
Parents divorced; Norris departs University of California|
without earning a degree and enrols as a special student
at Harvard University, where he works on drafts of
McTeague and Vandover and the Brute ( 1914)
Returns to San Francisco; travels to Johannesburg; suf-|
fers an attack of South African fever; returns to San
Francisco and writes for the San Francisco Wave.
Moves to New York City to work for McClure's Magazine,|
travels to Key West, Florida, and Cuba to report on the
Spanish-American War, where he contracts malaria;
publishes Moran of the Lady Letty.
Publishes McTeague: A Story of San Francisco and Blix,|
becomes a special reader for Doubleday, Page, &
Company, where in 1900 he reads and recommends for
publication Theodore Dreiser Sister Carrie.
|1900||Marries Jeannette Black and publishes A Man's Woman.|
|1901||Visits San Francisco to do research on The Pit and pub-|