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Mim Harrison has been a professional writer since 1984, serving clients in both the United States and England.

She is also the founding editor of
Levenger Press.

Email: mimharrison@bellsouth.net
Blog: mim's blog

On being a language lover

Mim first developed an ear for language in college, during her junior year abroad at the University of Hull, in northeastern England. Having chosen England in part because she (thought she) spoke the language, she quickly learned that Mark Twain was right when he described England and America as being separated by a common language.

The heavy accents and rich idioms of northern England proved to be as far removed from the English of Masterpiece Theatre as she was from home. "It made it challenging traveling the buses, because I never knew what they were saying at any of the stops, but I found it fascinating," she says. "How could this be the same language and yet be so different? And why did it seem that the way people spoke affected the way that they thought?" Like most language lovers, once hooked she has been forever since.

In her work for Levenger Press, she published an abridged edition of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of 1755. "At the time I was working on Johnson, I was reading David McCullough's biography of John Adams, who was a contemporary of Johnson's. Knowing how English speakers of the period defined certain words, such as 'happiness,' gave me a deeper appreciation for Adams's writing - and for the ever-changing nuances of the English language."
Other writing

Mim is the founding editor of Levenger Press, a small publisher of high-quality books. She has written pieces on Winston Churchill, Robert Louis Stevenson and Alexis de Tocqueville in support of the imprint's titles. She also created an online column, Writers on Reading, which delves into the reading habits of authors such as Malcolm Gladwell and Ross King.

A cum laude graduate of Allegheny College, Mim has also completed graduate work in English literature at St. Bonaventure University.

To see samples of her writing, click on the links below.
Book introduction: Cicero Press kit: MacArthur Foundation
Outbound email: Churchill Brochure: Abacoa
Book Introduction: Tocqueville Press releases: Levenger
Flier: Churchill book Event collateral: Abacoa
Book introduction: Robert Louis Stevenson Thank-you ad
Feature: Simon Winchester Feature: Malcolm Gladwell
Feature: 'Dancing with Darwin' Starbucks cup
Websites - concept and content:

Product development with a literary twist:

· Miniature replica of David McCullough's typewriter, with his ode to his typewriter
· 3-D re-creation of E.B. White's drawing of his dachshund descending stairs,
  with his dachshund poem

· Crossword Picante and Crossword Santé bilingual crossword games
   (English-Spanish and English-French, pictured)
· Proust's Questionnaire board game
· Literary Charades
· A Christmas Carol board game

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