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Name:  Catherine Kenney  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction

Born: 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee


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Kenney lived in Park Ridge.

Biographical and Professional Information

Catherine Kenney was a college professor, author and Jane Austen scholar.

Born Catherine McGehee in Memphis, Tennessee, she grew up in Arkansas, and studied piano at the DeShazo College of Music in Memphis.

She earned her certificate to teach high school music in 1964. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Sienna College at age 19, and her MA and PhD in English from Loyola University in Chicago by age 25.

She taught at Loyola, at Harper, Thornton and Mundelein colleges and chaired Mundelein College’s English Department from 1987 to 1990.

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