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Susan Brind Morrow

Updated: Sept. 15, 2020

Susan Brind Morrow

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A classicist, linguist, poet, and translator of ancient Egyptian mythology and contemporary Arabic poetry, Susan Brind Morrow is the author of two collections of nonfiction. Her first book, The Names of Things (Riverhead Press, 1997), chronicles her search for the birth of language in the expansive deserts of Egypt and Sudan. Interwoven with her etymological discussions are Morrow’s reflections on her early years growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. The Names of Things was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albard Award for the Art of the Memoir. In Wolves and Honey (Houghton Mifflin, 2004), Morrow’s second collection, she explores more deeply her relationship to the Finger Lakes region. The memoir details the lives and passing of two family friends within the context of the history and mythology of the Finger Lakes region. Morrow delves into theosophy, the start of Mormonism, and the lasting relationships humans have cultivated with the natural environment, especially the history and continuing practices of trapping and bee-keeping in Upstate New York.

About the collections:

Papers 1925-2005 (16 boxes) is composed mostly of the literary works and research materials for The Names of Things and Wolves and Honey. Literary works are in original manuscripts, galleys, proofs, and other revised draft copies. The collection includes personal, fan, and business correspondence, as well as photographs. Morrow's research interests include Buddhism and the Dalai Lama.

Papers, 1913-2016 (13 boxes) Includes some material from her two earlier books, but primarily contains drafts and research for The Dawning Moon of the Mind, which often appeara as The Silver Eye. Also includes correspondence, photographs, and notebooks.

Papers, 1940-2017 (5 boxes) primarily includes notebooks and research material for The Dawning Moon of the Mind, as well as correspondence, photographs, and journals. Some material related to her first two books.

Bibliography:
  • Morrow, Susan Brind. The Dawning Moon of the Mind: Unlocking the Pyramid Texts. NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
  • Morrow, Susan Brind. Wolves and Honey: A Hidden History of the Natural World. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
  • Morrow, Susan Brind. The Names of Things: A Passage in the Egyptian Desert. New York: River Head Books, 1997.