George Hummel was born in Southold, Long Island, New York in 1882. He wrote eleven books, four of which were set in Southold, which he called"Norwold". He is Long Island's Long Lost Author, having written more about Long Island, and Southold, than any author, but to this day he is virtually unknown. His slide into oblivion, despite the good reviews his books received, can partly be explained by the progressive and scandalous-for the times-issues he addressed and the fact that some residents of Southold recognized themselves in his books. Also, he left no heirs to perpetuate his legacy. Harry Katz, who lives within 100 yards of the Hummel homestead, has written an introduction to Subsoil ,which offers more insight into the life and works of the "bad boy" author of Southold, one of Long Island's most prominent, yet forgotten, native sons.