Norman Mosley Penzer
Born30 September 1892 Edit this on Wikidata
Died27 November 1960 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 68)
LanguageEnglish language Edit this on Wikidata

Norman Mosley Penzer (30 September 1892 – 27 November 1960) — known as N. M. Penzer — was a British independent scholar and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society who specialised in Oriental studies. He translated the tale of Nala and Damayanti in 1926 from Sanskrit.[1]


Penzer’s father, the Reverend Seymour Penzer (1857–1918), was ordained in the Established Church (Church of England) and finished his career in charge of the Chapel Royal, Brighton, Sussex. Educated at the University of Cambridge, Penzer's interests encompassed economics, geology, comparative anthropology, folklore, the history of exploration, and old silver.

In Penzer’s obituary, the Royal Geographical Society lamented that his "gifts of scholarship were never as fully developed as many thought they might have been". An eminent authority on Sir Richard Francis Burton, the Society remarked that “it will always be a matter of regret that he did not write the definitive biography of Burton it was so well within his power to do."[2]



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  1. ^ S. M. E. (April 1927). "Nala and Damayanti by Norman M. Penzer". The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (2): 363–364. JSTOR 25221149.
  2. ^ "Obituary Dr. Norman Mosley Penzer, LITT. D., F. S. A., F. G. S., F. R. G. S.". The Geographical Journal. 127 (1): 142. March 1961. JSTOR 1793263.
  3. ^ Lieberman, Tucker (January 22, 2013), “Book review: An Annotated Bibliography of Sir Richard Francis Burton, by N. M. Penzer” @ Helium.
  4. ^ Lieberman, Tucker (January 24, 2013), "The History of N. M. Penzer's Edition of the Ocean of Story" @ Helium