Maeve Brennan was born in Dublin in 1917. Her father was Irish Ambassador to the United States and he brought his family there, including Maeve, in 1934. She settled in Manhattan and in 1949 joined the staff of the New Yorker, to which she contributed book reviews, fashion notes, essays and stories until 1973, when she stopped writing. Her Talk of the Town sketches from the New Yorker were collected in The Longwinded Lady (1969). Her stories are collected in In and Out of Never-Never Land (New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1969); Christmas Eve (CharlesScribner's Sons, 1974); and The Springs of Affection, with an introduction by William Maxwell (Boston & New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997), in which many of the stories from the previous volumes were republished. She died in New York in 1993.
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