Sir Henry Wylie Norman (1858-1939) was a British journalist and politician. Norman came from a Unitarian family and obtained a BA degree in Divinity from Harvard University, but on his return to Britain in 1883 lost his religious faith. He joined the staff of the Pall Mall Gazette under the editorship of W.T. Stead and also worked as a London correspondent for the New York Times. In 1895 he became the assistant and literary editor of the Daily Chronicle, and in 1900 he was elected as a Liberal MP. He later became a close political ally and confidant of David Lloyd George. Norman reviewed Schreiner’s Story of an African Farm for the Fortnightly Review in 1883. Her only extant letter to him alludes to this review and also asks that he not make public notice of the book she was then planning to publish (From Man to Man). Schreiner’s comment to him that “I think the more a book is is left to stand alone, without any kind of external help, the better” suggests that Norman had perhaps offered to publish a favourable notice of the still ‘upcoming’ book.
For further information see:
Patrick French (1995) The Life of Henry Norman London: Unicorn Press
Patrick French (2004) ‘Norman, Sir Henry, first baronet (1858-1939)’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/61020