Maureen Daly

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Maureen Daly (March 15, 1921 – September 25, 2006), was an American author best known for her novel Seventeenth Summer (1942), while published for adults, it became one of the first to capture a teenaged audience. Some scholars consider it the first Young Adult novel.

She was born in Castlecaufield, Northern Ireland, County Tyrone, Ulster, in 1921.

Daly won an O. Henry Award for her short story, Sixteen, while still at high school. Seventeenth Summer was written before she turned twenty. By 1982, it had gone into 45 hardback editions.

She was one of what Time Magazine referred to as "the celebrated Daly sisters," four sisters who were known for their writing and work in, journalism, fashion and advertising. In 1947 she married mystery and crime thriller writer William P. McGivern. They co-wrote “Mention My Name in Mombasa; the Unscheduled Adventures of an American Family Abroad,” which covered their times and adventures living oversees, including Africa, Torremolinos, Spain and Dublin and a visit to her birthplace, Castlecaulfield.

Daly also worked as a journalist on papers and magazines including the Chicago Tribune, Ladies' Home Journal and The Saturday Evening Post. She later wrote a food column in the Palm Springs Desert Sun. She was awarded the American Freedom Foundation Medal in 1952. She died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Palm Desert, California.[1]

Other works[edit]

  • the beauty and the beast" and Other Stories" in 1961, "The Ginger Horse (1964)
  • Small War of Sergeant Donkey (1966)
  • Mention My Name in Mombasa (co-written with her husband, Bill McGivern)


  1. ^ "Daly, Maureen 1921–2006." Contemporary Authors. Gale. 2007. Retrieved January 06, 2013 from HighBeam Research
  • "Daly, Maureen." Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Volume 58. Gale. 2005. Retrieved January 9, 2013 from HighBeam Research

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