Andre Norton

Easton Press Andre Norton books

Wizard's Worlds - Signed First Edition of Science Fiction - 1989
Brother to Shadows - Signed First Edition of Science Fiction - 1993
Witch World - Masterpieces of Science Fiction - 1998


Author Andre Norton

Andre Norton, born Alice Mary Norton on February 17, 1912, in Cleveland, Ohio, was a pioneering figure in the realms of science fiction and fantasy literature. Her life and work spanned much of the 20th century, leaving an indelible mark on the genre and inspiring countless readers and writers alike. From an early age, Norton exhibited a deep love for storytelling and a vivid imagination. Growing up in a time when speculative fiction was still finding its footing, she devoured works by authors such as H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, laying the groundwork for her own future as a writer. After studying at Flora Stone Mather College and working in various roles, Norton found her true calling as a writer in the late 1930s. In 1934, she legally changed her name to Andre Alice Norton, adopting a gender-neutral pseudonym to appeal to a broader audience in the male-dominated world of speculative fiction.

Norton's breakthrough came in 1934 with the publication of her first novel, The Prince Commands, marking the beginning of a prolific and illustrious career. Throughout the following decades, she produced an astonishing body of work encompassing over 200 novels and numerous short stories, captivating readers with her imaginative worlds, complex characters, and compelling narratives. One of Norton's most enduring contributions to literature was her ability to create strong, independent female protagonists in a genre often dominated by male heroes. Her characters broke free from traditional gender roles, embarking on epic quests and adventures that resonated with readers of all ages. Norton's work spanned a wide range of subgenres within science fiction and fantasy, from space opera and post-apocalyptic fiction to high fantasy and historical fantasy. Some of her most beloved series include the Witch World novels, the Solar Queen series, and the Time Traders series, among many others.

In addition to her prolific writing career, Norton was also a trailblazer in the field of speculative fiction publishing. She co-founded the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America (SAGA), an organization dedicated to promoting the fantasy genre and supporting emerging writers. Andre Norton's influence on the world of science fiction and fantasy cannot be overstated. Her groundbreaking work paved the way for future generations of writers, and her legacy continues to inspire readers and creators alike. Despite her passing on March 17, 2005, Norton's stories endure as timeless classics, ensuring that her name will be remembered and celebrated for generations to come.


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