Maeve Brennan

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  • Dolores McLoughlin (Trinity College Dublin )

Born in Dublin, on January 6, 1917, Maeve Brennan is remembered as the author of a substantial body of work, including stories, essays and short casual pieces, which were published in The New Yorker, often under the pen name “The Long-Winded Lady”. Her parents, Robert and Una, were Republicans and were deeply involved in the Irish political and cultural struggles of the early-twentieth century. Brennan’s father had a varied public career in politics, journalism and diplomacy. He was leader of the Easter Rising in Wexford in 1916 and director of publicity for the Republican forces during the Irish Civil War of 1922-23, as a result of which activities he spent time in British jails.

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McLoughlin, Dolores. "Maeve Brennan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 May 2011
[, accessed 05 July 2015.]

Articles on Brennan's works

  1. The Long-Winded Lady
  2. The Springs of Affection: Stories of Dublin
  3. The Visitor