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Maeve Brennan was an Irish short story writer and journalist known for her wit, charm and tragic end.
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In 1949, Maeve Brennan was offered a staff writing position at The New Yorker, and she stayed with the magazine for more than 30 years. She wrote social commentary as "The Long-Winded Lady" and short stories set in Dublin. During the 1970s, she succumbed to alcoholism and mental illness, eventually becoming homeless and destitute. She died in 1993, after being committed to a New York hospital.
Maeve Brennan was born on January 6, 1917, in Dublin, Ireland. Brennan's parents were deeply involved in Ireland's political struggles during her youth, and her father, Robert Brennan, spent much of her childhood in prison and on the run. After her father was made the first Irish ambassador to the United States, the family moved to America. Maeve Brennan studied English at the American University in Washington, and later worked at Harper's Bazaar magazine in New York City.
In 1949, Brennan was offered a staff writing position at The New Yorker, and she stayed with the magazine for more than 30 years. She wrote social commentary as "The Long-Winded Lady" and short stories set in Dublin. She was well-read and admired throughout the United States for her beauty, talent and glamor.
Brennan was married to The New Yorker's managing editor St. Clair McKelway for five years. During the 1970s, she succumbed to alcoholism and mental illness, eventually becoming homeless and destitute.
Brennan died circa November 15, 1993 (the specific date has been disputed), after being committed to Lawrence Hospital.
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