Kathryn Harrison

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Date of Birth March 20, 1961
Place of Birth California
Age 59 years old
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Kathryn Harrison is an American author. She has published seven novels, two memoirs, two collections of personal essays, a travelogue, two biographies, and a book of true crime. She reviews regularly for The New York Times Book Review.

Born: Mar 20, 1961, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation: Author
Alma mater: Stanford University (B.A.), University of Iowa (MFA)
Notable works: The Kiss (1997)
Spouse: Colin Harrison

About Kathryn Harrison

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.


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.


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

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Latest information about Kathryn Harrison updated on January 23, 2021.