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Monday, March 31, 2008 (All day)

Mercy College Assistant Professor Marjorie G. Jones


Dobbs Ferry, NY - Mercy College Assistant Professor Marjorie G. Jones announced that her recently completed book, Frances Yates and the Hermetic Tradition, is available for preorder online at and The biography, which took roughly 10 years to write and will be released by Ibis Press in June, explores the remarkable life of British historian Frances Yates (1899-1981), author of such acclaimed works as Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition and The Art of Memory. Jones, who teaches historiography and European and women's history courses at Mercy, wrote the book in an effort to recapture the intellectual and spiritual worldview of an outstanding woman historian.

"This first biography of British historian Frances Yates tells us a great deal about intellectual life of postwar Europe, as well as the longstanding tradition of independent women scholars," said Jones, who has been teaching at Mercy for 15 years. "Yates was a pioneering scholar who transformed Renaissance historiography with the publication in 1964 of her great book Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition."

Jones, a graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts and the Rutgers School of Law, returned to school in the 1990s after 25 years in law and finance to earn a master's degree in historical studies from The New School in New York City. While there, she wrote her thesis on the early unpublished writings of Yates, whose work and unique historical perspective influenced Jones' decision to return to school. As part of her research for the book, Jones traveled to London several times over the past 10 years to collect information from the Warburg Institute, where Yates' papers are housed. Currently Jones is working on a biography of Mary Vaux Walcott (1860-1940), whose famous botanical prints she first came upon in the Mercy College library several years ago. 

About Mercy College
Founded in 1950, Mercy College is a private, not-for-profit higher education institution that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five prestigious schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College offers an engaging and personalized learning experience that includes the College’s revolutionary Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. The Mercy College PACT is the first program of its kind and now serves as a nationally recognized model for mentoring. 877-MERCY-GO.