James Stern was born in Co Meath in 1904. He emigrated to South Africa and later to Frankfurt and New York.
His books include The Heartless Land (London, MacMillan, 1932); Something Wrong (MacMillan); The Man who was Loved (MacMillan); The Stories of Jimmy Stern (MacMillan, 1968) and The Hidden Damage (London, The Chelsea Press, with an introduction by Stephen Spender).
He also published translations of Bertolt Brecht, Thomas Mann, Hermann Broch, Stefan Zweig, Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Franz Kalka.
He and W.H. Auden were lifelong friends, and worked for two years together with U.S. Military Intelligence in Post War Germany.
He spent the last 32 years of life with his wife Tania in Wiltshire. He died in 1992.
* My thanks to Theresa Wray for correcting erroneous information re Mary Lavin in this entry. It has now been removed.