Maeve Brennan: Homesick at The New Yorker

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Counterpoint, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 333 pages
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"Witty, small, and beautiful, Maeve Brennan dazzled everyone who met her; "To be around her," said a colleague, "was to see style being invented." She was born in Dublin in 1917, and came to Washington in 1934 with her father, the Irish ambassador to the United States. Later, as a staff writer at Harper's Bazaar, she reveled in Manhattan's world of theater and fashion, until, in 1948, The New Yorker lured her away. Under the pseudonym "The Long-Winded Lady," she wrote matchless urban postcards for "Talk of the Town," and under her own name published fierce, intimate fiction - tales of childhood, marriage, exile, longing, and the unforgiving side of the Irish temper." "Today her forty-odd stories, collected and republished posthumously, are prized by writers as different from one another as Penelope Fitzgerald, Mavis Gallant, and Alice Munro. William Maxwell called her masterpiece, "The Springs of Affection," one of the great short stories of the twentieth century. But at the time of her death in 1993, Maeve Brennan was lost to the world: she hadn't published a word since the 1970s and had slowly slipped into madness, ending up homeless on the streets of midtown Manhattan."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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wonderful research went into this book which tells the life story of this fascinating but very troubled writer. Read full review

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Another one of my favorite New Yorker writers. I discovered her in the 1990s after discovering Dawn Powell and in the discussion about Powell's world, she came up. Since then, I have read much of her ... Read full review

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Angela Bourke is Senior Lecturer in Modern Irish at University College, Dublin.

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