Maeve Brennan by Angela Bourke
Homesick at the New Yorker

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Witty, stylish, and beautiful, Maeve Brennan dazzled everyone who met her. Born in Dublin, she came to the U.S. with her father, Ireland's first Ambassador to America, and in her early thirties joined The New Yorker, where she was at the heart of the life of the magazine until she was nearly sixty. Under the pseudonym "The Long-Winded Lady," she wrote matchless urban postcards for the "Talk of the Town," and, under her own name, published fierce, intimate fiction. Today her forty-odd stories are anthology standards, prized by writers as different from one another as Alice Munro and Brennan's own nephew Roddy Doyle. But at the time of her death in 1993, she was obscure, indeed lost: She hadn't published a word since the 1970s, and she had slowly slipped into madness, ending as a bag lady in the streets of midtown Manhattan. It is Angela Bourke's achievement to trace this sad arc, and to bring her compelling personality to life. Thoroughly researched, beautifully written, and filled with a wealth of previously unpublished material, it will be welcomed by anyone interested in Ireland, The New Yorker, and a woman who remains one of the twentieth century's most distinctive prose stylists.
 

About Angela Bourke

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Angela Bourke is Senior Lecturer in Irish at University College, Dublin, the National University of Ireland. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard University & the University of Minnesota, & writes, lectures, & broadcasts regularly on Irish oral tradition & literature.
 
Published May 13, 2004 by Jonathan Cape Ltd. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Oddly incomplete biography of the New Yorker writer whose mysterious late-life madness sent her homeless into the streets she had written about for years with grace and precision.

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Maeve Brennan: Homesick at The New Yorker by Angela Bourke Cape £16.99, pp333 So assured are Maeve Brennan's stories of Ireland between the wars and so complete New York's continuous renewal that few guessed at a turmoil which might have been far worse without sympathy and encouragement from the ...

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The Sunday Times

Brennan never said anything about her writing life, and it’s likely that her depressive illness caused her to forget that she’dTo see the full article you need to subscribeThe Department of Energy & Climate Change - England - CompetitiveDepartment of Health - UK - CompetitiveDepartment of Health ...

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