Norris, Kathleen

Norris, Kathleen (b. Thompson)

(1880–1966) writer; born in San Francisco. She was educated locally, and after the death of her parents (1899), she worked at a hardware store and a library to help support her siblings. She spent a few months at the University of California: Berkeley (1903), and wrote society columns for local newspapers. She married the writer Charles Gilman Norris (1909), and moved to New York City, although she maintained a home in California. She became known for her many (about 80) sentimental novels—including Mother (1911), The Venables (1941), and Through a Glass Darkly (1957)—and was such a success that she was reputed to be the highest paid American writer of her day. She also wrote serialized stories for national magazines and soap operas for radio.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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Norris, Kathleen. Acedia & me: A Marriage, Monks, and A Writer's Life.