Mary Ann Caws

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To the Boathouse:
A Memoir

University of Alabama Press, 2004

Mary Ann Caws was born and grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina. Her father was Harmon Chadbourn Rorison, of Scottish heritage (McDonald of the Isle of Skye), her mother, Margaret Devereux Lippitt, was the only daughter of the painter Margaret Walthour Lippitt. Professor Caws attended the National Cathedral School, and went on to get her B.A. (cum laude) at Bryn Mawr in 1954, her M.A. at Yale University (1956), her doctorate from the University of Kansas in 1962; she holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Union College (1983).

Professor Caws is Distinguished Professor Emerita of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Professor Caws was co-Director of the Henri Peyre French Institute from 1980 to 2002. She is an Officier of the Palmes Académiques and Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (awarded by the French Minister of Education) and a former Trustee of the Alliance Francaise (Washington, D.C.) .

Professor Caws married Dr. Boyce Bennett on November 3rd, 2007. She has two children from her previous marriage with Peter James Caws (married 1956, divorced 1987): Hilary and Matthew.

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