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Maureen Daly

Born: Mar 15, 1921

Death: Sep 25, 2006

Birthplace: Castlecaulfield

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Maureen Daly

Date of Birth : Mar 15, 1921
Date of Death : Sep 25, 2006
Birth Place : Castlecaulfield

Maureen Daly, was an Irish-born American writer best known for the novel Seventeenth Summer. While published for adults, it became one of the first to capture a teenage audience. Some scholars consider it the first Young Adult novel. 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. Daly won an O. Henry Award for the short story "Sixteen" while still at high school. Seventeenth Summer was written before she turned twenty. 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. The eldest, Maggie Daly, was a Chicago Tribune columnist – and all four were employed by the Tribune at least once. Kay Daly was an advertising executive. In 1947 Maureen Daly married mystery and crime thriller writer William P. McGivern.


  • Writer
  • Novelist


  • William P. McGivern
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