Jane Ellen Harrison was born in 1850 at Cottingham, Yorkshire in England. A month after Harrison was born, her mother passed away and Harrison was raised by a series of governesses. Through the tutelage of these governesses and by her own efforts she became proficient in Latin, German, and Greek before she was 17 years old. Indeed, scholarship became the pattern of her life as she was admitted to various schools for women and ultimately studied at Newnham College, Cambridge in 1874 where she thrived as a Classicist. The bulk of her publications are scholarly works on Greek religion, history, and art. Among them are the respected Art and Ancient Ritual, Themis, and Myths of the Odyssey in Art and Literature. She spent the later half of her life in France still writing and still a scholar. Before she died in 1928, she published her autobiographical Reminiscences of a Student's Life.
Youth is naturally and necessarily egocentric, Crabbed Age by compulsion altruistic; they stand, it seems, for the two integral factors of our morality--self and the other.
Patrick Madden's New Book
Quotidiana site founder Patrick Madden has just published a book of his own personal essays, including pieces formerly published in the Best American Spiritual Writing and Best Creative Nonfiction anthologies.
If you enjoy the classical essays on this site, you'll enjoy these contemporary ruminations as well. Soon there'll be a web page here with further information, but for now, you can find out more (and perhaps purchase a copy) at Amazon.com.
"Patrick Madden is an essayist of verve, passion, wit, and dependable moral compass. Quotidiana drew me in powerfully, from page to page and from pleasure to pleasure." —Ian Frazier
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Quotidiana is an online anthology of "classical" essays, from antiquity to the early twentieth century. All essays and images are in the public domain. Commentaries are copyrighted, but may be used with proper attribution. Special thanks to the BYU College of Humanities and English Department for funding, and to Joey Franklin and Lara Burton, for tireless research assisting.