Maureen Daly

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Maureen Daly (March 15, 1921 – September 25, 2006), was an Irish-born American writer best known for the novel Seventeenth Summer (1942). While published for adults, it became one of the first to capture a teenage audience. Some scholars consider it the first young adult novel.[citation needed]


Maureen Daly was born in Castlecaufield, County Tyrone, Ulster, Ireland, in 1921. Northern Ireland was created that year with Tyrone one of its six counties. She had two older sisters, Marguerite and Kathleen. The family emigrated early in the 1920s and the youngest daughter, Sheila, was born in the U.S.[1]

Daly won an O. Henry Award for the short story "Sixteen" while still at high school. Seventeenth Summer was written before she turned twenty.[2] By 1982 it had gone into 45 hardcover editions.

She was one of what TIME magazine called "the celebrated Daly sisters", four sisters who were known for their writing and work in, journalism, fashion and advertising.[3] The eldest, Maggie Daly (1917–1992), was a Chicago Tribune columnist – and all four were employed by the Tribune at least once.[1] Kay Daly (1919–1975) was an advertising executive.

In 1947 Maureen Daly 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 visiting her birthplace, Castlecaulfield.

Daly also worked as a journalist on papers and magazines including the Chicago Tribune,[2] Ladies' Home Journal and The Saturday Evening Post. As of 1994 she wrote a food column in the The Desert Sun of Palm Springs, California, as a restaurant critic.[4] She was awarded the American Freedom Foundation Medal in 1952. She died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Palm Desert, California.[5]

Other works[edit]

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


Part of the library at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin was named after Daly in 1963.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Maggie Daly, 75, Former Columnist". Kenan Heise. Chicago Tribune. December 14, 1992. Retrieved 2015-01-26.
  2. ^ a b "Travel Club Experts to Hear Fashion Expert, Maggie Daly, Here April 2". The Times Standard. March 30, 1957. p. 5. Retrieved August 13, 2016 – via  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ TIME. December 9, 1966.
  4. ^ "The Semi-centennial of Seventeenth Summer: Some Questions and Answers". Nancy Vogel. The ALAN Review 21.3 (Spring 1994). Retrieved 2015-01-26.
  5. ^ "Daly, Maureen 1921–2006". Contemporary Authors. Gale. 2007. Retrieved January 06, 2013 from HighBeam Research.
  6. ^ "Section of Marian Library Will Honor Maureen Daly". Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter. August 2, 1965. p. 3. Retrieved August 14, 2016 – via  open access publication - free to read
  • "Daly, Maureen". Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Volume 58. Gale. 2005. Retrieved January 9, 2013 from HighBeam Research

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