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CHARLES NORMAN, PROLIFIC POET.



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Charles Norman, a poet and the author of biographies of E.E. Cummings, Ezra Pound and other literary figures, died Tuesday at Newport Hospital in Newport, R.I. He was 92 and lived in Newport.

Norman was born in Russia and in 1910 was brought by his parents, whose surname was Bloom, to the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. .

He attended New York University New York University, mainly in New York City; coeducational; chartered 1831, opened 1832 as the Univ. of the City of New York, renamed 1896. It comprises 13 schools and colleges, maintaining 4 main centers (including the Medical Center) in the city, as well as the  from 1921 to 1924, and in 1922 sailed to South America South America, fourth largest continent (1991 est. pop. 299,150,000), c.6,880,000 sq mi (17,819,000 sq km), the southern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere.  as a seaman on a freighter, an experience that furnished the material for his first volumes of verse, ``The Far Harbor: a Sea Narrative'' (1924) and ``Tragic Beaches: a Book of Narrative Poems About the Sea'' (1925).

In the late 1920s, he turned to journalism. He wrote for The Paris Times and was an assistant night editor for the North American North American

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, United Press International, Time and P.M. He also continued to write poetry. Alfred A. Knopf published ``Poems'' in 1929, and ``The Bright World and Other Poems'' appeared the next year.

After serving in the infantry in World War II, Norman returned to his job at P.M. and published two volumes of war poetry, ``The Savage Century'' (1942) and ``A Soldier's Diary'' (1944). He also wrote his first biography, ``The Muses' Darling'' (1946), a life of Christopher Marlowe Noun 1. Christopher Marlowe - English poet and playwright who introduced blank verse as a form of dramatic expression; was stabbed to death in a tavern brawl (1564-1593)
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From 1947 to 1950, he taught Shakespeare at New York University, an interest reflected in his second book, ``So Worthy a Friend: William Shakespeare'' (1947). Many literary biographies followed, including ``Mr. Oddity: Samuel Johnson, LL.D.'' (1951) and ``Rake Rochester'' (1954). He was best known for ``The Magic-Maker: E.E. Cummings'' (1958) and ``Ezra Pound'' (1960).

Norman also wrote many works for young readers, notably a series of books about a quirky family called the Jonquils. ``Mr. Upstairs and Mr. Downstairs'' (1950) was the first in the series, followed by ``The Crumb That Walked'' (1951) and ``Hunch, Munch and Crunch'' (1952). He also wrote several biographies for young readers.

Norman's other poetry collections included ``Selected Poems'' (1963), ``The Portents of the Air and Other Poems'' (1973) and ``The Hornbeam Tree and Other Poems'' (1988).

His verse trilogy, ``A Fall of Brightness,'' won the first Drama Award of the National Arts Club The National Arts Club is a private club founded in 1898 to "stimulate, foster, and promote public interest in the arts and to educate the American people in the fine arts". Since 1906 the organization has occupied the Samuel J.  in 1964. He exhibited his paintings at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York in 1940.

He is survived by his daughter, Anne Rose Morton, of Wilmington, N.C., and a grandson.
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Date:Sep 15, 1996
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