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Charles Norman's (1904-1996) family immigrated to New York from Russia when he was a small child. He attended New York University between 1921 and 1924 until he left college to pursue a literary career. In 1924, Norman published his first book of poems, The Far Harbour: A Sea Narrative. The poems drew on his experiences as a seaman on a freighter to South America during the summer of 1923. He wrote Tragic Beaches, another book of poems about the sea, in 1925. He was also an active journalist throughout the 1920s and 1930s, writing for the Paris Times, Time, and the Associated Press. During World War II, Norman served in the army as an infantry lieutenant, which provided material for another book of poems, A Soldier's Diary, in 1944. After the war and into the 1950s and 1960s, Norman devoted his creative energy to writing biographies of Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Ezra Pound, and E. E. Cummings, the last of whom had been Norman's upstairs neighbor in the mid-1920s when they both lived at Patchin Place in Greenwich Village.
Charles Norman's The Far Harbour: A Sea Narrative. New York: Blue Faun Publications, 1924.
This elegant volume was published by the small New York press Blue Faun Publications, an enterprise run by the writer and translator Bernard Guilbert Guerney. Norman's lyric poem concerns adventures of a ship called the Stella Dore and its crew, told from the perspective of one of its sailors.