Brennan, Maeve

Maeve Brennan
Maeve Brennan. Image source newisland.ie

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 (New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1969).

Her stories are collected in In and Out of Never-Never Land (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1969); Christmas Eve (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1974); The Springs of Affection, with an introduction by William Maxwell (Boston & New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997/London, Flamingo, 1999), in which many of the stories from the previous volumes were republished; The Rose Garden (Washington, D.C., Counterpoint, 2000).

Her novella is The Visitor (New York, Counterpoint Press, 2001/Dublin, New Island Books, 2006).

Her biography, by Angela Bourke, is Maeve Brennan: Homesick at the New Yorker (London, Jonathan Cape, 2004/New York, Counterpoint Press, 2004).

She died in New York in 1993.


Maeve Brennan, by Yvonne Jerold
Maeve Brennan: Homesick at the New Yorker by Angela Bourke at Bookslut
Maeve Brennan at The National Library of Ireland