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Douglas, Norman

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(1868-1952) Austrian-born author, in UK from childhood, of superb meditative travel books and some fiction, his best-known novel being South Wind (1917 2vols). Unprofessional Tales (coll 1901) with his wife, Elizabeth Louisa Theobaldina Fitzgibbon (1876-1916), writing together as by Normyx, consists mainly of fantasies;one of the stories here assembled was revised, as by Douglas alone, as Nerinda (1929). In two novels of his late maturity he dramatized his strongly misogynist and persuasively "pagan" views in venues familiar to the reader of sf. They Went (1920; rev 1921) subversively promulgates a Utopian aestheticism in a land much like doomed Lyonesse. Through the tale of half-divine Linus and his imposition of a rigid civilization upon the world, In the Beginning (1927), an example of Prehistoric SF, expresses – with a more vigorous loathing than Thomas Burnett Swann could muster 40 years later – the sense that humanity's rise entailed the destruction of Eden, and of the sentient, pagan, amoral creatures who dwelt there. [JC]

George Norman Douglas

born Thüringen, Vorarlberg, Austria: 8 December 1868

died Capri, Italy: 7 February 1952


  • Unprofessional Tales (London: T Fisher Unwin, 1901) with Elizabeth Louisa Theobaldina Fitzgibbon, writing together as Normyx [coll: hb/]
    • Nerinda (Florence, Italy: G Orioli, 1929) [rev vt of the above: one story from the above: hb/nonpictorial]
  • They Went (London: Chapman and Hall, 1920) [hb/]
    • They Went (London: Chapman and Hall, 1921) [rev of the above: hb/]
  • In the Beginning (Florence, Italy: Tipografia Giuntina [privately printed], 1927) [hb/]


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