THOMAS P. HARRISON
Thomas Perrin Harrison, professor emeritus of English,
died on November 4, 1986, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was 89.
Dr. Harrison was born on May 9, 1897, in Davidson, North
Carolina. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of North
Carolina in 1918 and a PhD from Cornell University in 1924.
Elizabethan (sixteenth century) literature was the specialty
of Dr. Harrison, who served on the UT Austin English faculty for 43
years, from 1924 until he retired in 1967. He was also interested in
the history of science and the appearance of birds in poetry.
Over the course of his years on the faculty, University
Studies in English published numerous works by Dr. Harrison, including
Googe's Eglogs and Montemayor's Diana (1925), Divinity in
Spenser's Garden of Adonis (1939), Aspects of Primitivism
in Shakespeare and Spenser (1940), Drayton's Herbals (1943),
and The Literary Background of Renaissance Poisons (1948).
As his career advanced, Dr. Harrison became increasingly
interested in birds. In 1956 the University of Texas Press published
his book They Tell of Birds: Chaucer, Spenser, Milton, Drayton,
and in 1964 his edition of The First Water Colors of North American
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Nancy Richey
and posted on the Faculty Council web site on December 4, 2000.
Additional biographical sources can be found in the UT Office
of Public Affairs, Office of the Executive Vice President and
Provost, and Barker Texas History Center.