Hamilton, Edith

Hamilton, Edith

(1867–1963) classicist, author; born in Dresden, Germany (sister of Alice Hamilton). Born to Americans visiting abroad, she learned Latin and Greek while a child. She was educated at Bryn Mawr (B.A., M.A. 1894) and then served as the headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School (Baltimore, Md.), the first U.S. school designed to prepare young women for college (1896–1922). Under considerable strain, she retired to what would be a life devoted to literature and writing. She began with a series of articles on ancient drama in Theatre Arts Monthly (1927–29) and then made a sudden impact with The Greek Way (1930). She continued to publish articles and other books such as Mythology (1942) that, if not taken that seriously by scholarly specialists, made her one of the 20th century's best-known popularizers of the classical tradition. In her late years she was the recipient of many honors such as honorary citizenship of Athens and an invitation from President Kennedy to his inauguration.
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