Kinney, Harrison (1922 - )

Genre: Children's Literature, General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Short Stories

Harrison Kinney was born in Mars Hill and grew up during the Great Depression in Easton and Houlton, ME. He attended Washington & Lee University as a journalism major, but his college career was interrupted by WWII and he served as a "ship's surgeon" on a liberty ship. He graduated from W & L in 1947, then attended Columbia University where he received his graduate degree.

He worked for The New Yorker as a "Talk of the Town" reporter, free-lanced articles to publications such as American Heritage, The Saturday Evening Post, and Collier's, to name a few. He wrote a couple of children's books, as well as a novel, worked as speech writer for IBM's senior executives and wrote an excellently reviewed biography of James Thurber. He retired to Lexington, Virginia.

Selected Bibliography

  • Lonesome Bear (1949)
  • The Last Supper of Leonardo Da Vinci, An Account of the Re-creation, by Lumen Martin Winter (1953)
  • Has Anybody Seen My Father? (1960)
  • The Kangaroo in the Attic (1960)
  • James Thurber: His Life and Times (1995)
  • The Thurber Letters: The Wit, Wisdom, and Surprising Life of James Thurber (2002)