Alice Mary Norton (1912-2005) the “Grand Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy,” published works for over seven decades as a author, editor and poet. Norton authored over 130 novels, almost one hundred short stories, in addition to editing several collections in the science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, and western genres. Norton was the first female winner of the Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy prize as well as the Nebula Grand Master prize. Norton additionally obtained Skylark, Barlog, and World Fantasy prizes.
Andre Norton’s affection of books started around the age of two, while her mother was reading to her as well as reciting poems. Norton began to read around the age of four. During her time at Collingwood High School Norton edited a fiction column for The Collingwood Spotlight, the school newspaper, as well as beginning her first novel, Ralestone Luck, this was the second book Norton had released. Norton went to the Flora Stone Mather College of Western Reserve University, with the hope to become a history teacher. Unfortunately, Norton quit right after her freshman year, the Great Depression pressuring her to work to assist supporting her family. Still, Norton was able to attend evening classes in English as well as journalism provided by Cleveland College, additionally she went on writing. Norton worked a number of jobs, such as doing work for the Library of Congress through WWII as well as briefly being the owner of a bookstore. Among Norton’s most remarkable and extended jobs ended up being at the Cleveland Public Library within the children’s department. In the course of her period within the library, Norton worked in 38 of the 40 branches.
Published in 1934, the historical fantasy The Prince Commands was her first published book, when Norton was merely twenty-two. Norton started applying the name Andre that same year, since publishers advised her a masculine identity might help market to her young male audience. By 1950, at 38, Norton had nine novels published. That same year Norton departed the Cleveland Public Library for a position being a reader for Martin Greenberg from Gnome Press. Norton afterwards edited anthologies for Martin Greenberg’s Tekno Books firm, such as Renaissance Faire, that was released by Daw Books early in February of that year. When Norton departed Gnome Press, she had twenty-three novels as well as numerous short stories published.
In 1958 Norton decided to write full-time.. During the following twenty years Norton wrote close to seventy novels, two dozen short stories, along with editing several anthologies. One of Norton’s much loved series, Witch World, began as a single book in 1963-a extraordinary world accessible by means of metaphysical gateways. Over thirty Witch World novels have been published. In 1966 Norton relocated to Florida, sometime later, moved to Murfreesboro. It was there, in 1999 Norton started “High Hallack,” a getaway and research library for writers. Norton shut down the library in 2004.
Norton encircled herself with books as well as cats, finishing every day reading in bed together with a beloved cat curled close to her. Norton integrated her affection of each within the Cat Fantastic collections she edited, as well as in numerous short stories.