|Birth Day:||January 14, 1905|
|Death Date:||Feb 18, 1997 (age 92)|
|Birth Place:||St. Louis, United States|
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As per our current Database, Emily Hahn died on Feb 18, 1997 (age 92).
She switched her major from English to Engineering while studying at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and became the first woman from the university to obtain a degree in Mining Engineering.
Emily Hahn was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 14, 1905 as one of the six children of Isaac Newton Hahn, a dry goods salesman, and Hannah (Schoen) Hahn, a free-spirited suffragette. Her family is of German-Jewish origin. Affectionately nicknamed "Mickey" by her mother after a cartoon comic strip character of the day named Mickey Dooley, she was known by this nickname to close friends and family. In her second year of high school, she moved with her family to Chicago, Illinois.
In 1924, prior to graduating from mining engineering school, she traveled 2,400 miles (3,900 km) across the United States in a Model T-Ford dressed as a man with her friend, Dorothy Raper. During her drive across New Mexico, she wrote about her travel experiences to her brother-in-law, who, unbeknownst to her, forwarded the letters she wrote to The New Yorker. This jump-started her early career as a writer. Hahn wrote for The New Yorker from 1929 to 1996.
With a love for reading and writing, she initially enrolled in a general arts program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, but decided to change her course of study to mining engineering after being prevented from enrolling in a chemistry class predominately taken by engineering students. In her memoir, No Hurry to Get Home, she describes how the mining engineering program had never had a female enroll. After being told by a Professor in her mining engineering program that "The female mind is incapable of grasping mechanics or higher mathematics or any of the fundamentals of mining taught" in engineering, she was determined to become a mining engineer. Despite the coolness of the administration and her male classmates, in 1926 she was the first woman to receive a degree in Mining Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her academic accomplishments were a testament to her intelligence and persistence so that her lab partner grudgingly admitted, "You ain't so dumb!"
In 1930 she traveled to the Belgian Congo, where she worked for the Red Cross, and lived with a pygmy tribe for two years, before crossing Central Africa alone on foot.
Her first book, Seductio ad Absurdum: The Principles and Practices of Seduction -- A Beginner's Handbook was published in 1930. It was a tongue-in-cheek exploration of how men court women. Maxim Lieber was her literary agent, 1930-1931.
As Hahn recounted in her book China to Me (1944), she was forced to give Japanese officials English lessons in return for food, and once slapped the Japanese Chief of Intelligence in the face. He came back to see her the day before she was repatriated in 1943 and slapped her back.
In 1945 she married Boxer who, during the time he was interned by the Japanese, had been reported by American news media to have been beheaded; their reunion (their love story had been reported faithfully in Hahn's published letters) made headlines throughout the United States. They settled in Dorset, England at "Conygar", the 48-acre (190,000 m) estate Boxer had inherited, and in 1948 had a second daughter, Amanda Boxer (now a stage and television actress in London).
Finding family life too constraining, however, in 1950 Hahn took an apartment in New York City, and from then on visited her husband and children in England only occasionally. She continued to write articles for The New Yorker, as well as biographies of Leonardo da Vinci, Aphra Behn, James Brooke, Fanny Burney, Chiang Kai-shek, D. H. Lawrence, and Mabel Dodge Luhan. According to biographer Ken Cuthbertson, while her books were favorably reviewed, "her versatility, which enabled her to write authoritatively on almost any subject, befuddled her publishers, who seemed at a loss as to how to promote or market an Emily Hahn book. She did not fit into any of the usual categories" because she "moved effortlessly...from genre to genre."
In 1978 she published Look Who's Talking, which dealt with the controversial subject of animal-human communication; this was her personal favorite among her non-fiction books. She wrote her last book, Eve and the Apes, in 1988 when she was in her eighties.
Hahn reportedly went into her office at The New Yorker daily until just a few months before she died. She died on February 18, 1997 at Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in Manhattan. She was 92, and died from complication from her surgery for a shattered femur.
In 1998, Canadian author Ken Cuthbertson published the biography Nobody Said Not to Go: The Life, Loves, and Adventures of Emily Hahn. "Nobody said not to go" was one of her characteristic phrases.
In 2005 Xiang Meili (the name given to Hahn by Zau Sinmay) was published in China. It looks back at the life and loves of Hahn in the Shanghai of the 1930s.
Emily married Charles Boxer in 1945 and had two daughters named Carola and Amanda.
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