Douglas, Norman

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(1868-1952) UK author of superb meditative travel books and some fiction, his best-known novel being South Wind (1917). Unprofessional Tales (coll 1901) with his wife, Elizabeth Louisa Theobaldina Fitzgibbon, writing together as by Normyx, consists mainly of fantasies; but in two novels of his late maturity he dramatized his strongly misogynist and persuasively "pagan" views in venues familiar to the reader of sf; one of the stories here assembled was revised, as by Douglas alone, as Nerinda (1929). 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 Italy), 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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