At the end of the college year of '97-'98 Professor Norton will retire entirely from the Department of Fine Arts, giving up courses 3 and 4 which it has been his custom to offer in alternate years. He will still offer Italian 4, however, his course on Literature and the Fine Arts in Italy during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, with special study of Dante.
After his graduation from Harvard in '46 Professor Norton travelled for several years in Europe and Italy, where he made a special study of Dante. One of his first and best known works was a book on Italian Churches. He was an intimate friend of Ruskin and later edited his works. He also edited the Carlyle correspondence, and the Lowell correspondence. His editing of the Carlyle-Goethe and the Carlyle-Emerson correspondences was most important and valuable in correcting the impression made by Froude. His contributions to the early pages of the North American Review, of which he was at one time editor, are also well known. He was moreover one of the founders of the New York "Nation."
Since 1875 Professor Norton has been constantly connected with the University, and for many years his courses on ancient and mediaeval art have been among the most popular and widely attended in the University.