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Vandover and the Brute

Frank Norris (1870-1902)

1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7. Part 1
8. Chapter 7. Part 2
9. Chapter 8
10. Chapter 9 Part 1
11. Chapter 9 Part 2
12. Chapter 10
13. Chapter 11
14. Chapter 12
15. Chapter 13. Part 1
16. Chapter 13. part 2
17. Chapter 14
18. Chapter 15. Part 1
19. Chapter 15. Part 2
20. Chapter 16. Part 1
21. Chapter 16. Part 2
22. Chapter 17
23. Chapter 18. Part 1
24. Chapter 18. Part 2

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Summary

Vandover is a student who succumbs to a gambling addiction. This addiction causes him to divest himself of his cherished possessions and to lose his status in life, whilst his friends prosper. Eventually he is transformed by a strange degenerative lycanthropy, reduced to running back and forth across his apartment, naked, on all-fours. The novel was Norris' first, though published posthumously. Characteristically, it explores the themes of habit and addiction in a heightened "naturalistic" style.