Michael Harrington was born on 24 February 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, and died on 31 July 1989 in Larchmont, New York. A lifelong Catholic, he attended parochial schools, receiving the BA from Holy Cross College in 1947, and after attending Yale Law School for one year, earned the MA in English literature from the University of Chicago in 1949. While an undergraduate at Holy Cross, he discovered the writings of G. K. Chesterton, a British novelist adept at paradox. Returning home to St. Louis, he took a temporary job as a social worker which started his journey as social critic and reformer.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.