Norman Douglas


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George Norman Douglas (8 December 1868 – 7 February 1952) was a British writer, now best known for his 1917 novel South Wind.

Norman Douglas was born in Thüringen, Austria (his surname was registered at birth as Douglass). His mother was Vanda von Poellnitz. His father was John Sholto Douglas (1845–1874), manager of a cotton mill, who died in a climbing accident when Norman was about ... more »

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  • What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes? Take fifty of our current proverbial sayings—they are so trite, so threadbare, that we can hardly bring our lips to utter them. None the less t...
    Norman Douglas (1868-1952), British author. Count Caloveglia's "old teacher," in South Wind, ch. 16 (1917).
  • ''You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.''
    Norman Douglas (1868-1952), British author. Don Francesco, in South Wind, ch. 7 (1917).
  • ''Many a man who thinks to found a home discovers that he has merely opened a tavern for his friends.''
    Norman Douglas (1868-1952), British author. Mr. Keith, in South Wind, ch. 24 (1917).
  • Nobody can misunderstand a boy like his own mother.... Mothers at present can bring children into the world, but this performance is apt to mark the end of their capacities. They can't even attend to ...
    Norman Douglas (1868-1952), British author. Mr. Keith, in South Wind, ch. 22 (1917).
  • Shall I give you my recipe for happiness? I find everything useful and nothing indispensable. I find everything wonderful and nothing miraculous. I reverence the body. I avoid first causes like the pl...
    Norman Douglas (1868-1952), British author. Mr. Keith, in South Wind, ch. 18 (1917).
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