6. Frank Norris

The Beast within

  1. G. R. Thompson

Published Online: 14 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch6

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

How to Cite

Thompson, G. R. (2011) Frank Norris, in Reading the American Novel 1865-1914, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2011

Book Series:

  1. Reading the Novel

Book Series Editors:

  1. Daniel R. Schwarz

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631234067

Online ISBN: 9781444344271



  • Frank Norris, the beast within;
  • San Francisco” novels, McTeague and Vandover and the Brute;
  • McTeague, a benchmark for American naturalism;
  • Vandover and the Brute, one's inner “beast”;
  • Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde;
  • Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, mimetic realism;
  • Vandover, lapse from realism into gothic supernaturalism;
  • lycanthropy “explanation” and Norris's artistic immaturity;
  • “sport of chance” sex, greed and entropy in McTeague;
  • substitute sex, alcohol, violence and gold fever


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Vandover and the Brute: An American Decadent Novel

  • The “Sport of Chance”: Sex, Greed, and Entropy in McTeague