Kathryn Harrison

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Birthday
20, 1961
Birthplace
California
Birth Sign
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Birthday
20, 1961 (age 57)
Birthplace
California

About

Perhaps most famous for her autobiographical works The Kiss and The Mother Knot, Harrison is also known for her acclaimed novels, which include The Seal Wife; A Thousand Orange Trees; Thicker Than Water; and Envy.

Before Fame

After earning a bachelor's degree in Art History and English from Stanford University, she received an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa's renowned Writers' Workshop.

Trivia

She was raised by her grandparents and had highly troubled relationships with both her mother and her father; consequently, many of her works (both fiction and non-fiction) deal with themes of family friction and even incest.

Family Life

Her marriage to her Iowa Writers' Workshop classmate Colin Harrison resulted in three children. She and Harrison settled in New York City, where she taught creative writing at Hunter College-City University of New York.

Associated With

She and fellow American writer Joan Didion both became known for their novels, journalistic works, and emotionally wrenching memoirs.