Maeve Brennan (1917-1993) moved with her family from Dublin to Washington DC in 1934 when her father was appointed as the Irish Free State's first minister to the US. In 1949 she became a staff writer at The New Yorker, contributing book reviews, articles on fashion, and Talk of the Town pieces under the pseudonym ‘The Long-Winded Lady’. She began publishing short stories in the magazine in 1950. Her first collection of stories, In and Out of Never-Never Land, came out in 1969, as did a collection of the ‘Long-Winded Lady’ essays. A second collection of stories, Christmas Eve, was published in 1974. Neither story collection was published outside the US during Maeve's lifetime.