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HARRISON, James Albert, philologist, born in Pass Christian, Mississippi, 21 August, 1848. He was graduated at the University of Virginia in 1866, and went to Germany in 1871. He was professor of Latin and modern languages in Randolph-Macon college, Virginia, from 1871 till 1876, when he was appointed to the chair of English and modern languages in Washington and Lee university, Lexington, Virginia, which he now holds (1887). In 1883 he delivered ten lectures on Anglo-Saxon poetry at Johns Hopkins university, he received the degree of doctor of letters at the Columbia college centennial anniversary in 1887. He is chairman of the editorial committee of the Modern language association, a member of the American philological association, and the originator and editor of the "Library of Anglo-Saxon Poetry." His publications include "Greek Vignettes" (1875); "Spain in Profile" (1878); "History of Spain" (Boston, 188l); "Bedwulf," with Robert Sharp (Boston, 1883; 2d ed., revised, 1886); "Exodus and Daniel," with Professor Theodore W. Hunt (Boston, 1885); "Story of Greece" (New York, 1885); and a "Handy Anglo-Saxon Dictionary," with Dr. William M. Baskervill (New York, 1886).
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