Articles and Reviews about Andre Norton

~ 1990 thru 1994

Indented critiques and comments from Andre Norton: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography. Edited by Roger A. Schlobin, 1994

Many of the articles posted here are from the archives of Texas A & M University - Cushing Memorial Library

Many miscellaneous reviews and articles were saved by Andre and mounted in scrapbooks. ~  See: BOSv.* ***  for a full-size image.

BOS = Andre's Book of Shadows in Worlds of Andre

 

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1990

  • Norton, Andre 1912-. By Diane Telgen ~ Contemporary Authors: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Fiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Motion Pictures, Television and Other Fields, Vol. 31 (New Revised Series) Edited by James G. Lesniak, Published by Gale Research

 Bibliography is by genre and then sorted by year of publication through 1989. The majority of the article consists of paragraph summaries of critical sources.

  • Black Trillium' Fine Fantasy by Committee of 3 by Roland J. Green ~ Review of Black Trillium ~ Chicago Sun-Times (July 15)
  • Reviews of Black Trillium by Richard E. Geis and Imperial Lady by Doug Odell in Science Fiction Review, Autumn Vol.1 No. 3, Published by SFR Publications, Edited byElton Elliot, $7.95, 120pgs. ~ cover by Alfred R. Klosterman (pg.7) & (pg.100)

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  • Review of Dare To Go A-Hunting by Carolyn Cushman in Locus, #348 January, Vol. 24 No. 1, Published by Locus Publications, Edited by Charles N. Brown, $2.95, 82pgs. (pg.23)
  • Review of Ware Hawk by by Andy Sawyer  in Paperback Inferno, # 82, Published by British Science Fiction Association, £0.50, 20pgs. ~ cover by Collin P. Davies (pg.17)

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  • Review of Tales of the Witch World by John Hillman in The British Fantasy Newsletter, Winter 1989-1990, Vol. 15 No. 1, Published by The British Fantasy Society, Edited by Peter Coleburn, £1.50, 52pgs. ~ cover by Allan Hunter (pg. 28)

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  • Review of Tales of the Witch World 2 by Sue Thomason in Paperback Inferno, 84, Published by British Science Fiction Association, Edited by Andy Sawyer, £0.50, 16pgs. ~ cover by Collin P. Davies (pg. 11)

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  • Review of Black Trillium by Carolyn Cushman in Locus, #355, August, Vol. 25 No. 2, Published by Locus Publications, Edited by Charles M. Brown, $3.50, 80pgs. (pg.26)

 

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  • Review of The Jekyll Legacy by Scott Winnett in Locus, #357 October Vol. 25, No. 4, Published by Locus Publications, Edited by Charles N. Brown, $3.50, 76pg (pg. 31)

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  • Review of Catfantastic by Fred Patten in Yarf! The Journal of Applied Anthropomorphics #3, Published by Yarf!, Edited by Jeff Ferris, $4.00, 60pgs. ~ cover by Kris Kreutzman (pg. 5)          See title page for review.

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1991

The female heroes of Andre Norton’s books are initially made to feel inferior or are similarly repressed by their cultures. They are different and this alienates them from those around them. “Norton’s female heroes not only learn that their differences are not a disadvantage but that they are, in fact, real assets.” In Norton’s stories the female hero reaches a state of integrated wholeness which is often symbolized by bonding with a male, but the relationship fits the new self as the female hero.

  • Interview with Andre Norton by Raymond H. Thompson ~ Taliesin’s Successors: Interviews with Authors of Modern Arthurian Literature Published by University of Rochester (Camelot Project) (March 23)
  • Excerpt: Black Trillium in Spectra: A Galaxy of Bestsellers, Published by Bantam Spectra, PB, 0-553-18056-8, 978-0-553-18056-5, $Free, 54pgs. ~ "Anthology of 10 excerpts from Bantam Spectra books for Summer 1991. Five of the excerpts are from paperback reprints, books are already available in hardcover or trade paperback editions. This is a free promotional anthology available in bookstores and at the ABA" (pgs.24-30)

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  • Review of Black Trillium by Baird Searles in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Vol.15 No.3, March, Published by Davis Publications, Edited by Gardner Dozius, $2.50, 196pgs. (pg.184) ~ Also Review of The Jekyll Legacy by Baird Searles (pg.187)

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  • Review of Black Trillium by Martin Brice in Vector #161, Published by British Science Fiction Association, Edited by Kem McVeigh, £1.25, 24pgs. (pg.14)

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  • Review of Black Trillium by Steven Sawicki in Science Fiction Review, December, Published by SFR Publications, Edited by Elton Elliot, $3.95, 48pgs. (pg.44)
  • Review of Black Trillium by Wendy Bradley in Interzone #46, Published and Edited by David Pringle, £1.95, April (pg.66)

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  • An Interview with Andre Norton by Susan Swartz ~ Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine # 12 (Spring) Published by Marion Zimmer Bradley Ltd., $3.95, 64 pgs. ~ cover by George Barr (pg. 35-37)

Andre Norton has earned special respect from women writers, as well as their male colleagues. Andre Norton is a gate keeper, but lets you into her worlds again and again. Brief interview discusses Andre Norton’s start in writing, what she was currently working on and her discovery of new writers. “The readers deserve the best work I am able to deliver.”

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  • Review of Catfantastic 2 by Fred Patten in Yarf! The Journal of Applied Anthropomorphics #12, Published by Yarf!, Edited by Jeff Ferris, $4.00, 60pgs. ~ cover by Bill Fitts (pg. 5)          See title page for review.

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  • Andre Norton: Living Legacy by Anonymous ~ in Locus, June, #365, Vol. 29 No. 6, Published by Locus Publications, Edited by Charles N. Brown, $3.50, 68 pgs. ~ (pgs. 4, 65)

Interviewer probably Charles N. Brown, but unaccredited. Discusses Andre Norton’s collaborations. Mentions The Day of the Rat (published as The Year of the Rat) as the sequel to The Mark of the Cat. Discusses other future projects.

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  • Review of The Elvenbane by Carolyn Cushman in Locus, #368, September, Vol. 27 No. 3, Published by Locus Publications, Edited by Charles N. Brown, $3.50, 80pg (pg29)

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  • Review of The Elvenbane by John C. Bunnell in Amazing Stories, November Vol 66, No 7, Published by TSR Inc., Edited by Kim Mohan, $3.95, 100pg ~ cover by Ron Walotsky (pg82)

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  • Review of The Elvenbane by Wendy Bradley in Interzone, #54 December, Published by David Pringle, Edited by David Pringle, £2.25, 72pg ~ cover by SMS (pg64)

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1992

  • Andre Norton: Grand Master of the Witch World, A Working Bibliography by Phil Stephenson-Payne, Published by Galactic Central, PB, 1-871-13330-0, 82pg ~ UK printing

A very good listing, with titles in alphabetical order and a single date line for the index. However, has one error, of including a non-fiction work by Alice Norton, Your Public Library.

Reprinted in 1993 as Andre Norton: Grand Master of the Witch World/a Working Bibliography (Galactic Central, Bibliographies for the Avid Reader, Vol 41) Published by Borgo Press, 0-809-54739-2, HC, 74pg.

  • Review of Black Trillium by Lynne Bispham (1992) in Paperback Inferno, 95, Published by British Science Fiction Association, Edited by Andy Sawyer,£0.95, 16pgs. (pg.14)

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1993

A brief biography and overview. Mentions the view that “Miss Norton has yet to receive the thundering acclamation to which she is so justly entitled.” Thanks Andre Norton for “allowing us to honor her with this convention.”

  • Norton, Andre 1912 -. by Anonymous ~ Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults: A Selection of Sketches from Something about the Author Vol. 4: K-N Edited by Laurie Collier and Joyce Nakamura, Published by Gale Research

Bibliography through 1992. Contains a paragraph about the 1982 movie Beastmaster. Nice complete biography taken from interviews by Crispin (“Queen of the Witch World: Andre Norton” A. C. Crispin, 1989) and Walker (An Interview with Andre Norton by Paul Walker ~ Luna Monthly # 40, 1972).

  • Norton, Andre by John Clute ~ The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Edited by John Clute and Peter Nicholls, Published by St. Martin’s Press (pgs. 877-878)

This is a good overview of Andre Norton’s writings through 1991. The first part of the entry is an analysis which mentions the early books outside of the science-fiction genre. The entry then describes her career as being divided into two periods, the twenty years from 1950 through 1970 and the twenty years after 1970. The first period has a concentration on science-fiction novels, mostly in one galactic super-series. After 1970, and the success of the Witch World science-fantasy sequence, she produced mostly fantasy. The entry mentions the important themes of “rite de passage“ and Sense of Wonder. Says that Andre Norton has a style where science and technology are treated “perfunctorily (if at all).” The summation paragraph states that her style has matured, her plots have tended to darken, there is a high degree of narrative control. This review is followed by a bibliography with those titles not previously cited in the entry in order of publication date, through 1991.

Accepts that the Magic Books, and others of Andre Norton’s juveniles, follow the formula of young person(s) displaced and unhappy, who discover a fantasy world, perform some heroic task in that world, and return to their own world transformed into better people for having met those challenges. The basic formula for this transformation is surrounded by characterization, adventures, and additional messages of acceptance and recognition which appeal to young people.

  • Review of Catfantastic 2 by Fred Patten in Yarf! The Journal of Applied Anthropomorphics #27, Published by Yarf!, Edited by Jeff Ferris, $5.00, 62pgs. ~ cover by Monika Livingstone (pg. 7) Repeat of 1991 review          See title page for review.

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  • Review of The Mark of the Cat by LynC in SF Commentary, #73/74/75, Published and Edited by Bruce Gillepsie, $1.00, 120pg (pg69)

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  • Add for "The Mark of the Cat" in Locus, #393, October, Vol. 31 No. 4, Published by Locus Publications, Edited by Charles N Brown, $3.95 (pg. 66)

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1994

  • Cherryh Returns to Old Form by Roland J. Green ~ Review of Brother to Shadows ~ Chicago Sun-Times (Feb. 6)
  • 200 Most Important People: Andre Norton by Anonymous ~ Starlog #200 (March) (pg. 13)

Very brief biography with a nice black and white photo. 

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Uses a discussion of Andre Norton’s life and writings to expand on the thesis that a feeling of alienation in her own life led to the creating of fictional characters that move beyond their own alienation. The themes created by Andre Norton express her utopian wish for harmony and mutual support. These fictional themes are, in turn, reflected in Andre Norton’s support and generosity toward other writers. This is an upbeat theme in contrast to Rick Brooks’ “Andre Norton: Loss of Faith”.

  • Review of Brother to Shadows by Cherith Baldry in Vector # 177, Published by British Science Fiction Association, Edited by Catie Cary, £2.25, 40pgs. (pg.24)

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  • Review of Brother to Shadows by Tom Easton in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, May, Vol. CXIV No. 6, Published by Dell Magazines, Edited by Stanley Schmidt, $2.95, 180pgs. ~ cover by George H. Krauter (pg.163)

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  • Review of Empire of the Eagle by Scott Winnett in Locus, #396 January, Vol. 32 No. 1, Published by Locus Publications, Edited by Charles N. Brown, $3.95, 68pgs. (pg.31)
  • Review of Empire of the Eagle by Wendy Bradley in Interzone, #80 February, Published and Edited by David Pringle, £2.50, 72pgs. (pg.65)

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  • Review of Firehand by Carolyn Cushman - Locus #402, Vol. 33 No. 1, Published by Locus Publications, Edited by Charles N. Brown, $3.95, 84pgs., (pg. 35)
  • Review of Fur Magic by Fred Patten in Yarf! The Journal of Applied Anthropomorphics #31, Published by Yarf!, Edited by Jeff Ferris, $5.00, 64pgs. ~ cover by Sky Rigdon (pg. 6)          See title page for review.

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  • Andre Norton: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography, Edited by Roger C. Schlobin and Irene R. Harrison, Published by NESFA Press, 0-915-368-64-1, PB, $12.50, 92pg 

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