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Edith Hamilton was born on August 12, 1867 in Dresden, Germany to American parents. She attended Miss Porter's School in Connecticut until her father's business went bankrupt, at which point she and her sisters taught themselves. She received a master's degree from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 1894. In 1895, she became the first woman to study at the University of Munich in Germany. At the age of 29, she became the headmistress of Bryn Mawr Preparatory School for Girls in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1896. She retired from education in 1922 and moved to New York City. She began a career writing scholarly articles on Greek drama and myths. Her books include The Greek Way, The Roman Way, The Prophets of Israel, Three Greek Plays, Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, and The Golden Age of Greek Literature. In 1957, at the age of 90, she traveled to Greece for the first time, where the city of Athens made her an honorary citizen. She died on May 31, 1963. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Edith Hamilton was born in Dresden, Germany, to American parents and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College and in 1895, went on a scholarship to Germany with her sister Alice Hamilton (later a famous toxicologist) to study humanities and classics at the universities of Leipzig and Munich, intending to earn a doctoral degree. However, women were unwelcome at both institutions and Edith returned to the USA to become the head of the newly-opened Bryn Mawr Preparatory School for Girls in Baltimore. She served in that position for 26 years and retired in 1922. In 1930, at age 62, Edith Hamilton published her first book, The Greek Way, which was instantly popular and continues to be a beloved text on ancient Greece. She went on to become a prolific writer, including works on Greek mythology also studied by millions. The New York Times described her as the classical scholar who "brought into clear and brilliant focus the Golden Age of Greek life and thought. . . with Homeric power and simplicity in her style of writing." She's the subject of a memoir by Doris Fielding Reid, a former student, called Edith Hamilton: An Intimate Portrait (1967).
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