William Edward Norris

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William Edward Norris.

William Edward Norris (18 November 1847 – 1925) was an English novelist and writer of short stories. Norris wrote over 60 novels; the Encyclopædia Britannica, 11th (ed), published in 1911, listed the following as his best to that date: Mademoiselle de Mersac (1880), Matrimony (1881), No New Thing (1883), My Friend Jim (1886), The Rogue (1888), The Despotic Lady (1895), Mathew Austin (1895), The Widower (1898), Nature's Comedian (1904) and Pauline (1908).[1]


William Edward Norris was born in London, the son of Sir William Norris, Chief Justice of Ceylon.[2] He was educated at Eton, and called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1874, though he never practised law.[3] His first story, Heap of Money, appeared in 1877, and was followed by a long series of novels, many of which first appeared in the Temple Bar and Cornhill magazines.

Norris died on 20 November 1925 at his Torquay home.[2][4]



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  1. ^ PD-icon.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Norris, William Edward". Encyclopædia Britannica. 19 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 757–758. 
  2. ^ a b Norris, William Edward, Beadle and Adams Dime Novel Digitization Project, Northern Illinois University Libraries.
  3. ^ NORRIS, William Edward. ukwhoswho.com. Who Was Who. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Who Was Who gives his date of death as 19 November 1925.

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